Photo Coverage: The Color Purple Listening Party

January 12
12:18 PM 2006
The Color Purple star LaChanze and other performers from the hit musical turned out to Angus McIndoe on January 10th for a listening party. Attendees heard tracks from the mastered CD of the show, which will be officially released on January 24th.

The Color Purple, which opened at the Broadway Theatre on December 1st, 2005, is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker that also inspired the 1985 Steven Speilberg film. The Color Purple features a score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman; Gary Griffin directs. The Color Purple stars LaChanze, Renee Elise Goldsberry (who will soon leave the show due to her pregnancy), Felicia P. Fields, Kingsley Leggs, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes, Brandon Victor Dixon and Krisha Marcano, among others. Oprah Winfrey, who co-starred in the film, is among the producers of the show.

Tickets for The Color Purple can be purchased by calling (212) 239-6200 or visiting the Broadway Theatre's box office. For more information, visit

The Color Purple listening party

Bruce Lundvall (Head of EMI Records), LaChanze, and Tom Evered (General Manager EMI Records)

(Clockwise) James Harkness, JC Montgomery, Brandon Victor Dixon, Kimberly Ann Harris, James Brown III and Virginia Ann Woodruff

TCP producer Roy Furman, EMI Records Head Bruce Lundvall, and TCP lead producer Scott Sanders

Top row: Nathanial Stampley, LaTrisa A. Coleman, Charles Gray; middle row: Darlesia Cearcy and Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines; bottom row: Grasan Kingsberry

Renee Elise Goldsberry and Kingsley Leggs

Francesca Harper and Marsha Norman

Jamal Story and producer Adam Zotovich

Darlesia Cearcy, James Brown III, Jeannette I. Bayardelle, and Grasan Kingsberry


Bruce Lundvall (Head of EMI Records), Kingsley Leggs, LaChanze, and Tom Evered (General Manager EMI Records)

Jamel Gaines and Bahiyah Sayyed Gaines

Music director Linda Twine and orchestrator Jonathan Tunick

Marsha Norman, Grasan Kingsberry, James Brown III, Renee Elise Goldsberry, producer Stephanie P. McClelland, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Kimberly Ann Harris

Marsha Norman, Grasan Kingsberry, James Brown III, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Stephanie P. McClelland, Brandon Victor Dixon, and Kimberly Ann Harris

Renee Elise Goldsberry and LaChanze

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Ben Strothmann Ben Strothmann has been a portrait and theatrical photographer since 1995. Since building his first darkroom in his hometown of Milwaukee WI, his portrait studio now looks out over Manhattan where he shoots headshots and production photos. Born to a famous cheesecake lady (Suzy Strothmann of Suzy's Cream Cheesecakes), Ben is also an actor and pianist. Currently he lives in Astoria and studies guitar and Icelandic. Ben is also a volunteer for The Heart Gallery ( and helps NYC foster children find permanent, loving families. Ben is proud to be a part of the world famous singing waitstaff at Ellen's Stardust Diner. See for more info.