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BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at The Fisher Theatre is a Powerful and Emotion-Filled Production!


The Color Purple

The Color Purple, the 2016 Tony Award-winning musical adaptation from Alice Walker's best-selling novel, is currently appearing at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. The powerful production is taking the city over with its dynamite cast and their emotional performances leaving the audience in awe by the time the performance finished. This is the stunning re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives and exhilarating new spirit to the Pulitzer Prize-winning story of Celie and the people in her life.

Adrianna Hicks plays the role of Celie. Hicks is perfectly cast in her role and to brings the beloved character of Celie to life on stage in wonderful way. Hicks has a pure singing voice that makes her solo songs even more stunning. "I'm Here" is one of the stand out of numbers of the show and a breathtaking song to hear her perform live.

Carrie Compere plays the role of Sofia. There is absolutely nothing in the world that compares to Compere's performance in this production - this woman is a powerhouse on stage and the audience cannot help but watch her, adore her, and love her. Compere has an amazing singing voice that fills the theatre to the very edge. When she sings Sofia's anthem, "Hell No!," she makes the you want to stand up, sing with her, and be a better person along with her. In fact, her version of Sofia is constantly encouraging the audience to be better people - stronger people - no matter what situation they are put in during their lives. Compere is just a breath of inspiration on stage to watch with a character that is a role model for anyone of any age.

Carla R. Stewart plays the role of Shug Avery. Stewart is fun, fabulous, and can sing! Her version of Shug Avery is dynamic in every way. She stands out during the song, "The Color Purple," but one of the highlights of the show is duet between Hicks and her in "What About Love," which is heartfelt, honest, and filled with pure emotion.

A quick mention needs to be made of Angela Birchett, Bianca Horn, and Brit West who play the roles of the Church Ladies. These three women are hilarious during the show with their trio during the company numbers that they sing all together. They work so well singing confidently, quickly, and feeding off the energy of each other and audience that is a delight to watch them on stage during their brief highlighted moments in the show.

The Color Purple is an emotional roller coaster performed by a dynamite cast. While it is an epic story taking place in Georgia between 1909 and 1949 about a young woman's journey to love and triumph, it is easy to relate to it now during our time. Plus, the music of this show is just incredible! Do yourself a favor and don't miss The Color Purple while it is in Detroit!

The Color Purple is currently running now through November 12th at the Fisher Theatre in Detroit. For more information or tickets, visit

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