Photo Coverage: The Creative Coalition Visits The Color Purple

November 17
10:21 AM 2005
The Creative Coalition Co-Presidents Tony Goldwyn and Joe Pantoliano, Cindy Adams, RoccoDiSpirito, Matthew Modine, Bob Balaban participated in a special evening on Broadway hosted by the cast and the producers of The Color Purple on November 16th at Victor's Cafe.

Attending the event were The Creative Coalition's Cindy Adams, Rocco DiSpirito, Bob Balaban, and Stephen Baldwin, Christopher Meloni, Matthew Modine, Ally Sheedy, Kate Mulgrew, Cady Huffman, and cast members of The Color Purple. Starring LaChanze, The Color Purple, which is currently in previews, opens on December 1st.

"The Creative Coalition is the leading nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community. Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative
Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance, primarily the First Amendment, arts advocacy, campaign finance reform and public education," state press notes.

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Rocco DiSpirito and Tracey Edmonds

Emme ("E! Fashion Emergency") and Bill Snyder

Latrisa Coleman and Jeannette Bayardelle

Cast members of The Color Purple

Cast members of The Color Purple

Jeannette Bayardelle, Cady Huffman, and Latrisa Coleman

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