Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'

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The Color Purple opened at Center Theatre Group's Ahmanson Theatre December 16th, bringing the National Tour to Los Angeles for the holiday season, running through March 9, 2008.

Directed by Gary Griffin, The Color Purple is "a soul-stirring new musical based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Steven Spielberg, set in Georgia during the years 1909 through 1949 and tells the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who through love and the strength to overcome adversity, finds her unique voice in the world," according to press notes.

The National Touring production stars Jeannette Bayardelle, Felicia P. Fields, LaToya London, Michelle Williams, Rufus Bonds, Jr., Stu James and Stephanie James.

Turning out for the Los Angeles premiere were Bookwriter Marsha Norman, Producers Quincy Jones and Scott Sanders, Composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Sephen Bray, along with a handful of excited celebs including Vanessa Williams, Loretta Devine and Regina King.

Tickets for The Color Purple can be purchased by calling Center Theatre Group Audience Services at (213) 628-2772, in person at the Center Theatre Group box office or on-line at www.CenterTheatreGroup.org.  The Ahmanson Theatre is located at 135 N. Grand Avenue in Los Angeles.

Photos by ©Ryan Miller/Capture Imaging. 

After Party

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Jeannette Bayardelle, Michelle Williams and Felicia P. Fields

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Michelle Williams, LaToya London and Felicia P. Fields

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Jeannette Bayardelle, Margaret Avery (who plays Shug Avery in the film) and Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Jeannette Bayardelle, Margaret Avery and Felicia P. Fields

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Rufus Bonds, Jr. and Producer Quincy Jones

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Rufus Bonds, Jr. and Stu James

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Margaret Avery and Michelle Williams

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Producer Scott Sanders and Jeannette Bayardelle

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Vanessa Williams

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
George Takei and Stu James

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
George Takei and Stu James

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Stu James and Felicia P. Fields

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
 LaToya London

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
 LaToya London

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
 George C. Wolfe

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
George Takei

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Henry Simmons

Arrivals

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Kenny Lattimore and Chante Moore

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
CTG Board Member Richard Kagan and wife Julie Hagerty

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
 Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon 

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Loretta Devine

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon and Loretta Devine

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Margaret Avery

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Margaret Avery and Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon 

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Music and lyrics by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell and Allee Willis

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Bobby Valentino

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Henry Simmons

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Kimberly Elise

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Kimberly Elise

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Vanessa Williams and daughter Sasha

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Musician Trenyce

Curtain Call

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
Michelle Williams and Rufus Bonds, Jr.

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'
 Jeannette Bayardelle

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'

Photo Coverage: Los Angeles Opening Night of 'Color Purple'

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