Fresh on the heels of my trip to Wakanda, I landed straight into the years 1910-1940 in rural Georgia with the revival of The Color Purple. Confession: I’ve never seen the movie or read the book. I came into the theatre with a clean slate and left saying Hell Yes, because The Color Purple is a must see. Playing at the Arsht Center from February 27th to March 4th, The Color Purple is empowering women all across Miami.
The Color Purple
The casting for The Color Purple was incredible. From returning cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie, Carla R. Stewart (Ghost – national tour, Rent – regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (Holler If You Hear Me, Shrek the Musical – national tour) as Sofia.
They will be joined by Gavin Gregory (The Color Purple – Revival, The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess) as Mister, N’Jameh Camara (X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation) as Nettie, J. Daughtry (The Color Purple – Revival, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) as Harpo, along with Darnell Abraham, Amar Atkins, Kyle E. Baird, Angela Birchett, Jared Dixon, Erica Durham, Bianca Horn, Gabrielle Reid, C.E. Smith, Clyde Voce, Nyla Watson, J.D. Webster, Brit West, Nikisha Williams and Michael Wordly.
Adrianna Hicks as Celie was INCREDIBLE – her voice, her expressions, her talent, was undeniable. Carrie Compere as Sofia was powerful, empowering and uplifting. The entire cast was simply amazing. The story was deep and moving. The love and bond between sisters Celie and Nettie is everything I want for my own children. Celie rises above her abusers and enters back into the world as an empowered entrepreneur filled with love of G-d and family, as well as forgiveness. The Color Purple is a MUST SEE!
Here’s what the critics have said:
“The Color Purple will make your soul weep and your heart dance for joy.” – Atlanta Journal Constitution
“A miracle on Broadway. A glory to behold!” – The New York Times
“A direct hit to the heart…”– The Hollywood Reporter
The Color Purple on Tour at the Arsht Center
History of The Color Purple
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by Tony- and Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Tony Award®-winning director and scenic designer John Doyle (Sweeney Todd, Company) recreates his award-winning work for the national tour, alongside costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox, sound by Dan Moses Schreier and wig & hair design by Charles G. LaPointe.
The revival of THE COLOR PURPLE opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. THE COLOR PURPLE went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®. THE COLOR PURPLE played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.
With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, THE COLOR PURPLE gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story. Don’t miss this stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South in the musical sensation that New York Magazine calls “one of the greatest revivals ever.” Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph!
Everything You Need To Know!
The parental guidance advisory for The Color Purple is ages 14+ due to topics such a rape, racism and sexual innuendo. The Color Purple runs for 2 hours and 30 minutes, which includes one 15 minute intermission. Food, snacks and beverages are available for purchase. The Color Purple is only in town for one week through March 4th.
SPECIAL OFFER: Celebrate Black History Month and buy midweek tickets to both Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater (Feb 22 & 23) and The Color Purple (Feb 27 – 29) and save up to 37% on both shows. Use promo code PURPLEAILEY when ordering.* Discount applied to Ailey tickets regularly priced $55 – $75 and The Color Purple tickets in the 2nd and 3rd tiers regularly priced $65 & $95.
Tickets to see The Color Purple on stage start at a budget friendly price of just $29. The Color Purple is playing at The Adrienne Arsht Center for the Performing Arts which is located at 1300 Biscayne Boulevard, Miami, FL 33132. Tickets are available for purchase here or by calling the Box Office at (305) 949-6722. Be sure to visit Broadway Across America for details about Broadway shows coming to South Florida!
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