Patti Labelle and Jill Scott are teaming up to record the single "What About Love?" from the Broadway musical version of "The Color Purple." The duet will be released as a bonus track on a cast album

Patti Labelle and Jill Scott are teaming up to record the single "What About Love?" from the Broadway musical version of "The Color Purple." The duet will be released as a bonus track on a cast album due Jan 24 via Angel Records.

The cast recording is being produced by Jay D. Saks, while the single is produced by James Poyser. "This is the first time in over 20 years that a Broadway score has yielded a song worthy of a label recording it as a radio single," says David Munns, Chairman and CEO of EMI Music North America, parent company of Angel Records.

According to Scott Sanders, lead producer of "The Color Purple," several labels vied for the rights to record the show. "The very first meeting I had with Bruce Lundvall and the EMI-Angel team, they articulated a big-picture vision for taking 'The Color Purple' music to both a Broadway and a mainstream audience," he says.

The musical, which is already running in previews and official opens Dec. 1 at the Broadway Theatre in New York, is directed by Gary Griffin and produced by Oprah Winfrey, Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The show also features original music and lyrics by composer/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

For more information about the show, visit its official Web site.

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