The Color Purple Breaks Broadway Theatre House Record

The Color Purple shattered the Broadway Theatre's house record, grossing  $1,102,943.00 for the week ending June 18, 2006, besting La Boheme's previous record of $1,013,328.00.  It then went on to break its own house record for the following two consecutive weeks grossing  $1,123,021.00 for the week ending June 25 and $1,134,729.00 for the week ending July 2.

The musical has been one of the Top 5 grossing shows on Broadway since its opening.  Since its first performance on  November 1, 2005, The Color Purple has the highest cumulative gross and attendance figures of any new Broadway show of the 2005-2006 season.

The Color Purple, which celebrated its 250th Performance on Saturday evening, July 8, began previews on November 1, 2005 and opened on December 1, 2005, has grossed, to date, a total of over $37 million in ticket sales.

The Color Purple has announced its first North American Tour, which will kick off in Chicago on April 17, 2007 at The Cadillac Palace Theatre.

Directed by Gary Griffin and starring Tony Award-winner LaChanze, The Color Purple 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.

The Color Purple is produced on Broadway by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci & Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, Lowy Family Group, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes & Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson.

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