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In this week's issue of Time Out New York, we bow down to JHud

Written by
Dana Varinsky
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Jennifer Hudson already has a Grammy and an Oscar—but now she’s headed to the Great White Way. Before the super-chill diva takes the stage as Shug in the Oprah-produced revival of The Color Purple, we talk to her about her Broadway debut, the power of art, and why she wants to play Aretha Franklin someday.

But our Broadway fever doesn’t end there—this week, our theater editor also weighs in on the golden age the Great White Way is experiencing right now, and we talk to the behind-the-scenes bigwigs who make Broadway tick.

Plus, if you want to take in the autumn air this week, we’ve also got a list of our favorite walking tours in the city, which will introduce you to everything from gargoyles to ghosts to graffiti. And since love and dating seems to be on everyone’s mind as temperatures drop, we try our hand at matchmaking (and not just in our Undateables series)—we set up NYC singles with people who are the opposite of their usual type to see if any sparks might fly.

Elsewhere in this issue, we find out how Matt Damon fares on Mars in The Martian (★★★★), opine on the new revival of Spring Awakening (★★★) and check out Williamsburg’s new music venue National Sawdust. Plus. we pick the five best festivals to hit up this fall, and round up the most exciting dance performances coming up over the next month.

Enjoy your October!

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