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The Color Purple: The Musical - Show Summary
The Color Purple, a Broadway musical, is based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker, which was made into a 1985 film by Steven Spielberg starring Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover and Whoopi Goldberg. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2005, when it earned 11 Tony Award nominations including Best Musical, and La Chanze won the Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for her role as Celie. That production ran for 910 performances, in addition to 30 preview performances, finally closing in 2008. It has also been touring around the United States ever since that premiere. This new revival comes to Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre following the 2013 staging at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory. Starring Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery and Cynthia Erivo (who played the role at the Menier Chocolate Factory) as Celie, this production is directed by John Doyle (The Visit, A Catered Affair, Company). The musical has a book written by Marsha Norman (‘night, Mother, The Secret Garden), and music and lyrics by Allee Willis, Stephen Bray, and Brenda Russell. The producers of this production include, Roy Furman, Scott Sanders, Oprah Winfrey, and David Babani who runs the Menier Chocolate Factory in London.
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Noteworthy Dates For The Show:
Previews Begin: 11/10/15
Show Opens: 12/10/15
Show Closes: 01/08/17
Number of Performances: 8 Shows per week
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  What Is The Color Purple Like?
The show principally takes place in rural Georgia, and deals with the life of African American women in the 1930's American south. Celie is a 14 year-old girl who is pregnant for the second time at the start of the show. Despite her close friendship with her sister, Nettie, she is separated when a farmer needs a wife and Celie is sent to him. Nettie, meanwhile, has dreams of becoming a teacher, but the farmer prevents the sisters from being in touch. At one point, the entire town is revved up by the arrival of a sexy singer named Shug Avery (Heather Headley), who also happens to be the longtime lover of Mister, Celie’s husband. However, Shug is in such bad shape when she arrives that Mister takes her in, and Celie nurses her back to health. From then on, the story continues, and the beautiful score includes such songs as “Somebody Gonna Love You” and “Too Beautiful For Words.”

Is The Color Purple Good for Kids?

Yes, but the show is not advised for children aged 8 and under. Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.
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Cast Members:
Cynthia Erivo as Celie
Jennifer Holliday as Shug Avery (Current)
Carrie Compere as Sofia (Current)
Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery (Past)
Heather Headley as Shug Avery (Past)
Danielle Brooks as Sofia (Past)
Isaiah Johnson as Mister
Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo
Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie
Broadway Theatre:
Bernard B Jacobs Theatre
242 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10019
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Theatre Landlord:
The Shubert Organization

45th Street, between 8th and Broadway
Bernard B. Jacobs Box Office Hours:
Monday - Saturday: 9am - 8pm
Sunday: 9am - 10pm

Seating Map:
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Show Duration:
The Color Purple is 2 hours and 35 minutes with one intermission.


Tom Siracusa
David Babani
Scott Sanders
Roy Furman
Oprah Winfrey

Production Stage Manager:
Matt DiCarlo
  Staff and Creative Team:

General Manager:
Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Company Manager:
Doug Gaeta at Bespoke Theatricals LLC
Casting Director:
Justin Huff at Telsey + Company
Advertising Representative:
Press Agent:
Polk & Co.
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Production Credits:

John Doyle (Director, Setting & Costume Designer)
Catherine Jayes (Music Supervisior)
Jane Cox (Light Design)
Jason Michael Webb (Musical Direction)

Other Credits:
Brenda Russell, Allee Willis + Stephen Bray (Lyrics +Music)
Marsha Norman (Book)
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Parking For This Theatre:
The closest parking garages for the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre are located at:
Champion Parking On West 45
251 West 45th Street
New York, NY 10036
Quik Park Garage
303 West 46th Street
New York, NY 10036
The closest parking is not always the best as it often takes longer to park and retrieve your vehicle as fellow theatre goers have the same idea. A better choice of parking may be the second choice or further away by a couple of Avenues.