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The Color Purple

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Winner of 2 Tony Awards

Closed January 8, 2017

"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

Why See The Color Purple?

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.

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Previews from: 10 November 2015

Opening night: 10 December 2015


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

Run time

Two hours and 35 minutes including one intermission

Cast and Creative


Jennifer Holiday as Shug Avery
Cynthia Erivo as Celie
Carrie Compere as Sofia
Nathaniel Stampley as Mister
Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie
Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo

Ensemble: Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb.


Book: Marsha Norman
Music & Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis & Stephen Bray
Director: John Doyle


2016 Tony Award Wins

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Cynthia Erivo

2016 Tony Award Nominations

Best Revival of a Musical
Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical - Cynthia Erivo
Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical - Danielle Brooks
Best Direction of a Musical - John Doyle

2016 Drama Desk Award Wins

Outstanding Actress in a Musical - Cynthia Erivo
Outstanding Director of a Musical - John Doyle

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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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