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The Color Purple

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Winner of 2 Tony Awards

September 26 - October 21, 2018

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?

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The Tony Winner comes to Paper Mill!

The Tony-winning The Color Purple arrives fresh from Broadway for a local production by the Paper Mill Playhouse. This iconic musical follows Celie, a young woman living in early 1900s America and is based on the book by Alice Walker. Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, you'll find yourself moved by her tale as much as you are by the show's incredible music.

The 2015 Broadway production won two Tony Awards including the coveted Best Revival of a Musical , after being nominated for four awards. It went on to run for just over a year, closing in early 2017, and earned Broadway newcomer Cynthia Erivo her first ever Tony Award for her leading role of Cecile. The musical also picked up the Grammy Award for Best Cast Album.

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, 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.

Did you know?

The Color Purple is one the most critically acclaimed book-to-film-to-stage adaptations of recent times! The 1982 novel won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction as well as the National Book Award, the 1985 film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards, and the first Broadway production (which ran at the Broadway Theatre from 2005 to 2008) was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, of which it won 'Best Actress'.

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Dates

Opening night: 26 September 2018

Audience

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

Run time

Two hours and 25 minutes including one intermission

And before you stop reading

Photographs are from the touring and Broadway productions

Cast and Creative

Creative

Music by Brenda Russell and Allee Willis
Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Book by Marsha Norman

Awards

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

2017 Grammy Award Wins

Best Musical Theater Album

What we thought

empowering BEAUTIFUL Moving!

The music and lyrics are beautiful and we felt the shifts and changes of Celie's journey!

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!

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Nicola Quinn

Nicola Quinn

What you thought

14 reviews, average rating: (3.6 Stars)

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Anonymous: “Best Show I have ever seen!”

I did not have any expectations before I saw this show. I was in San Francisco... more

Eileen A.: “Best Touring Show This Season!!”

We have the Broadway Series subscription at The Smith Center and this is... more

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