'Bubba' Knight and Lecrecsia Campbell Join THE COLOR PURPLE, 8/23-26


Source of Joy Theatricals, the producers of the Broadway smash hit THE COLOR PURPLE have announced the Las Vegas Theatre debut August 23 - August 26, 2012 as a special presentation in honor of National Women's Equality Month.

Nominated for eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical, THE COLOR PURPLE opened on December 1, 2005 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years. It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world. With a joyous GRAMMY-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, THE COLOR PURPLE is about hope and the healing power of love.

The Las Vegas production of THE COLOR PURPLE is directed by Torrey Russell and Musically Directed by Megan Schnizlein. The show features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, Choreography by Avree Walker, costumes by Preston Coghill and set design by Henry "BJ" Jackson.

Broadway in the Hood's THE COLOR PURPLE will star Grammy Award Winner Bubba Knight of Gladys Knight & The Pips, and Gospel Sensation Lecricea Campbell. With Broadway Diva Anika Ellis reprising the role of Shug Avery and taking on the reign as Assistant Director of the 2012 cast of Broadway in the Hood. The production will feature Tianna "Falcon" Lewis in the role of Celie.

THE COLOR PURPLE will play The West Las Vegas Theatre August 23-August 26, 2012: Thursday - Friday at 7:00PM, Saturday at 1:30PM, and Sunday at 1:30PM.

Tickets are free and the show is open to the public. Due to the limited number of seats available, tickets will be issued 2 hours prior to each performance starting time at the theatre box office. Each guest can receive up to 2 tickets a piece. Please note: due to the nature of show, children under the age of 13 will not be permitted in the theatre.

For more information about THE COLOR PURPLE, visit www.thecolorpurplelasvegas.com.

A Source of Joy Theatricals, Inc., producers of "Broadway in the Hood", is a National Theatre program with its home office in Las Vegas, Nevada. A Source of Joy Theatricals is dedicated to making a positive impact on communities across the United States, with a special focus on youth between 8 - 20 years of age residing in the worst of neighborhoods; plagued with violence, gangs, drugs, murder, suicide, racism, rape, and everything that one could imagine.

A Source of Joy Theatricals offers educational and cultural opportunities to a multitude of America's future leaders and has gained the attention and support of city, state and government officials, notable celebrities, the NAACP and the American Theatre Wing. Since its inception 2 1/2 years ago they have produced major productions dealing with everything from teen pregnancy, interracial dating, childhood obesity, homelessness, homosexuality, bullying and slavery, as well as our last production which received rave reviews: The Best of Broadway, a musical review celebrating 10 of the biggest and best Broadway musicals.

Broadway in the Hood applies the same standards of excellence to its programs that is applied to professional theatres all across the country. Professional directors, choreographers, technicians and master chefs train the cast and crew of each show. Participation and performances are FREE, making this program accessible to all, approximately 10,000 people a year just in Nevada alone, representing all socio-economic backgrounds and diverse communities.

The program has received no government funding to date and are ALWAYS in need of monetary donations, as well as in-kind gifts, clothing items for our productions, as well as fundraising opportunities.

Fred Astaire once described his dancing and performing talents as extraordinary. His sister, Gladys Knight, once said of him, "he is a born showman. The man has talent…" (Ebony Magazine, 11/1982). And, for over 59 years, the singing and dancing talent, boundless energy, humorous delivery style of Merald "Bubba" Knight Jr. continues to thrill and delight audiences worldwide.

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