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Ended 8 Jan 2017 after 13 months

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Tony Winner

Tony Winner

"The Color Purple" has been born again...The current version is a slim, fleet-footed beauty, simply attired and beguilingly modest. Don't be deceived, though, by its air of humility. There's a deep wealth of power within its restraint."

Ben Brantley, The New York Times

Closed 8 Jan 2017

Winner of two tony awards - Closes January 8th!

The Color Purple is back on Broadway, produced by Oprah Winfrey. Featuring a jazz and gospel score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, this musical is the redemptive story of a poor black girl's journey through 1930's America. Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday (Dreamgirls) leads the cast as Shug Avery, with Danielle Brooks as Sofia and Cynthia Erivo as Cecile, the role that earned her a Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical!

A Long Awaited Return

Based on the book by Alice Walker, which was subsequently adapted into a Steven Spielberg movie, The Color Purple first hit Broadway in 2005. The show has since crossed the Atlantic, playing London's Menier Chocolate Factory, in a production which streamlined the plot and honed the emotional heart of the story. And now it returns, ready to conquer The Great White Way all over again!

What is The Color Purple About?

Set in the early 1900s, The Color Purple centers on the life of Celie, a young black girl living in rural Georgia. Her father Alphonso is abusive, and has fathered two children by his daughter, both of whom he has 'got rid of'. Celie is then married off to the unloving Mister, a local farmer, who treats her as nothing more than a household slave. In the midst of all this hardship comes Shug Avery (Hudson), a local lounge singer with none too saintly a reputation, who befriends Celie and gives her the belief to battle against the odds, and change her life for the better.

Additional Information


Previews from: 10 November 2015

Opening night: 10 December 2015

Closing night: 8 January 2017


May not be suitable for younger audiences members due to adult themes

Run time

Two hours and 35 minutes including one intermission

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The Color Purple - A Beautiful Story of Triumph

The book leaves the audience feeling empowered and hopeful for change. The music and lyrics are beautiful and we felt the shifts and changes of Celie's journey which represents so many African American lives. As Erivo sings "I'm Here" you sense the respon more »

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Jenny: “Loved Color Purple”

I can't say enough about this musical. Excellent performances all around, ... more

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