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THE COLOR PURPLE Begins 12/4 at Red House Arts CenterTHE COLOR PURPLE Begins 12/4 at Red House Arts Center
by BWW News Desk - Nov 20, 2014

Red House Arts Center will present The Color Purple with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray and book by Marsha Norman. Based on the Pulitzer Prize winning novel by Alice Walker, this incredibly moving musical tells the story of a young woman who manages to triumph over adversity and find her own voice through the power of love. The show opens at Redhouse on December 5th and runs through December 20th. (more...)

Tom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, & Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of FameTom Petty, Cyndi Lauper, & Elvis Costello Among Nominees for Songwriters Hall of Fame
by BWW News Desk - Oct 16, 2014

According to Billboard.com, Tom Petty, Vince Gill, Cyndi Lauper, Elvis Costello and Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds are among the performing songwriters being considered for the Songwriters Hall of Fame. (more...)

BWW Reviews: Milwaukee Rep's THE COLOR PURPLE Plays Beautiful, Bold and BrilliantBWW Reviews: Milwaukee Rep's THE COLOR PURPLE Plays Beautiful, Bold and Brilliant
by Peggy Sue Dunigan - Oct 2, 2014

n a revival of Alice Walker's bold novel The Color Purple, the award winning musical opens The Milwaukee Rep's 2014-2015 theater season reprising the WOW in entertainment that began with Ragtime in their 60th season. Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning 1982 story arrives in a re-adaptation of the 1985 film and 2005 Broadway musical redesigned for the Quadracci Powerhouse stage featuring a superb cast, which after almost three hours, "fills the room like a sweet perfume… restoring a belief in trust and tenderness." (more...)

Two Muses' AT THE BISTRO GARDEN Team Discusses ShowTwo Muses' AT THE BISTRO GARDEN Team Discusses Show
by BWW News Desk - Sep 7, 2014

"You aren't inventing the wheel, but you are putting in the spokes. And you hope that wheel will carry the show!" observes Los Angeles-based theatrical director Jules Aaron, currently in Metro Detroit to helm Two Muses Theatre's Midwest premiere of the new musical, At the Bistro Garden. The show, which runs from September 26 through October 19 promises to surprise and delight Michigan audiences. (more...)

Nearly 300 Minnesota Artists to Mount 18 Productions at Park Square in 2014-15Nearly 300 Minnesota Artists to Mount 18 Productions at Park Square in 2014-15
by BWW News Desk - Sep 5, 2014

With Sexy Laundry opening tonight, the entire cast roster for the theatre's biggest season is almost complete. Nearly 300 Minnesota artists - including actors, directors, designers and technical operators - will mount 18 productions on two stages. The season lineup confirms Park Square's commitment to the work of women writers like Amy Herzog, Michele Riml and Alice Walker. The casting emphasizes Park Square as a home for local artists of color, from returning favorites like James A. Williams, T. Mychael Rambo and Regina Williams to dozens of debuts like Dominique Wooten, Kurt Kwan and Sarah Ochs. (more...)

Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Begin. 6/19Virginia Repertory Theatre Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Begin. 6/19
by BWW News Desk - Jun 2, 2014

Virginia Repertory Theatre announces the opening of The Color Purple at the Sara Belle and Neil November Theatre, 114 West Broad Street on Friday, June 20, 2014 with a Preview on Thursday, June 19. The show runs through August 3, 2014. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, this joyful musical and epic story follows the life and personal awakening of Celie, a downtrodden young African American woman. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, the uplifting score features jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues. The Broadway production earned eleven Tony nominations. (more...)

Hillbarn Theatre to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 5/8 - 6/1Hillbarn Theatre to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 5/8 - 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 7, 2014

Hillbarn Theatre closes its 73rd season with the moving, The Color Purple. (more...)

Hillbarn Theatre to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 5/8 - 6/1Hillbarn Theatre to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 5/8 - 6/1
by BWW News Desk - May 3, 2014

Hillbarn Theatre closes its 73rd season with the moving, The Color Purple. (more...)

Redhouse Arts Center Sets 10th Season: TARZAN, CAROUSEL, GODSPELL & MoreRedhouse Arts Center Sets 10th Season: TARZAN, CAROUSEL, GODSPELL & More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 10, 2014

The upcoming year at Redhouse Arts Center is a big one as they gear up to celebrate their 10th anniversary season! Starting this summer, Redhouse Arts Center will bring an exciting variety of performances to the Central NY area. (more...)

PETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Two World Premieres and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2014-15 SeasonPETER AND THE STARCATCHER, Two World Premieres and More Set for Milwaukee Rep's 2014-15 Season
by BWW News Desk - Feb 25, 2014

Yesterday Artistic Director Mark Clements announced Milwaukee Repertory Theater's 2014/15 Season. 'Next season will offer strong stories that are substantive pieces of theater that are both enlightening and entertaining,' said Clements. 'The season includes two exciting world premieres, after all the terrible things I do and Five Presidents. We will also continue the tradition that I started upon my arrival by including a musical on our main stage - the first production in the Quadracci Powerhouse will be the award-winning musical, The Color Purple. Audiences responded so enthusiastically to last year's production of Ragtime, I believe they are in for another treat with The Color Purple.' (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 1/10-2/8SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 1/10-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Feb 7, 2014

From January 10 - February 8, 2014, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present THE COLOR PURPLE, the acclaimed Broadway musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/02/2014Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 2/02/2014
by BWW - Feb 2, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 2/02/2014 for Boston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/26/2014Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/26/2014
by BWW - Jan 26, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/26/2014 for Boston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/19/2014
by BWW - Jan 19, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/19/2014 for Boston (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/12/2014Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/12/2014
by BWW - Jan 12, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/12/2014 for Boston (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Now thru 2/8SpeakEasy Stage Company Presents THE COLOR PURPLE, Now thru 2/8
by BWW News Desk - Jan 10, 2014

From today, January 10 - February 8, 2014, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present THE COLOR PURPLE, the acclaimed Broadway musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture. (more...)

Joey Arias, Brenda Russell & More Set for Joe's Pub this WeekJoey Arias, Brenda Russell & More Set for Joe's Pub this Week
by BWW News Desk - Jan 6, 2014

Joe's Pub at The Public has announced its slate of performances for this week, Jan. 6-12, including BEST OF CRAIGSLIST, SCREAM ALONG WITH BILLY, JEFF SLATE, EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH SHOW, CHAMPAGNE JERRY, TRIBECASTAN, SUN RA VISITATION SERIES, THE HOT SARDINES, MEKLIT HADERO/LEIF VOLLEBEKK, FREDERICKS BROWN, FEDERICO AUBELE/KEREN ANN/DOM LA NENA, RED BARAAT/METAL TONGUES/PATTEN, REVEREND BILLY, BRENDA RUSSELL, and JOEY ARIAS. (more...)

Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/05/2014Now Playing Onstage in Boston - Week of 1/05/2014
by BWW - Jan 5, 2014

Upcoming Shows - Week of 1/05/2014 for Boston (more...)

SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 1/10-2/8SpeakEasy Stage Company to Present THE COLOR PURPLE, 1/10-2/8
by BWW News Desk - Dec 29, 2013

From January 10 - February 8, 2014, SpeakEasy Stage Company will present THE COLOR PURPLE, the acclaimed Broadway musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture. (more...)

Mercury Theater Chicago Extends THE COLOR PURPLE Through 11/10Mercury Theater Chicago Extends THE COLOR PURPLE Through 11/10
by BWW News Desk - Oct 3, 2013

Mercury Theater Chicago, 3745 N Southport Ave., announces that the hit musical THE COLOR PURPLE, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, is extended through Sunday, November 10 due to popular demand. (more...)

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