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Allee Willis

 

Stage Credits

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[Broadway, 2005] [Replacement]
Composer/Lyricist[Replacement]

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Photos

Allee Willis attending Opening Night performance reception for THE COLOR PURPLE starr Photo

Allee Willis attending Opening Night performance reception for THE COLOR PURPLE starring Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, LaKisha Jones & Zonya Love at the Broadway Theatre in New York City. January 9, 2008

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Allee Willis Stage atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on Novem Photo

Allee Willis Stage atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

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12/26/2019
Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10 Photo

Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

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12/26/2019
Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10 Photo

Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

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12/26/2019
Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10 Photo

Allee Willis atmosphere for La Mama's 55th Anniversary Gala at La Mama on November 10, 2016 in New York City.

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12/26/2019

 

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Allee Willis Awards and Nominations

 
Tony Awards - 2006 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre
Allee Willis, The Color Purple

Allee Willis News

BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at City Springs At Byers Theater Photo BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE at City Springs At Byers Theater
by Jennifer Skura Boutell - May 16, 2022

City Springs Theatre Company presents THE COLOR PURPLE Directed by Kamilah Long is based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture. This musical about love plays May 6 - 22, 2022 in the Byers Theatre at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center. THE COLOR PURPLE was adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony¬ģ Award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy¬ģ Award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Photo Everything You Need to Know About THE COLOR PURPLE Movie
by Michael Major - May 7, 2022

The musical, featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, blues and African rhythms, has a book by Marsha Norman with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The film, directed by Blitz Bazawule, will star Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Ciara, and more.

Terrence J. Smith, Tiffany Elle Burgess, and Aba Arthur Join THE COLOR PURPLE Film Photo Terrence J. Smith, Tiffany Elle Burgess, and Aba Arthur Join THE COLOR PURPLE Film
by Stephi Wild - Apr 27, 2022

Three new faces have been added to the cast of the upcoming film adaptation of The Color Purple. Terrence J. Smith will take on the role of 'Adam', Tiffany Elle Burgess will play 'Olivia', and Aba Arthur will also join the cast.

Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett Join BLACK ORPHEUS Creative Team Photo Carlinhos Brown and Siedah Garrett Join BLACK ORPHEUS Creative Team
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 19, 2022

Producers Stephen Byrd and Alia Jones-Harvey announced that Academy Award Nominated and Latin Grammy Winner Carlinhos Brown and Academy Award Nominated and Grammy Award Winner Siedah Garrett have joined the all-star creative team of the new musical stage adaptation of Black Orpheus as composer and lyricist, respectively.

Jon Batiste Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Photo Jon Batiste Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film
by Michael Major - Apr 15, 2022

Jon Batiste has joined the cast of the upcoming musical film adaption of The Color Purple. Batiste will make his feature film acting debut in the film as Grady, a piano man and the husband of Shug Avery, played here by Taraji P. Henson. Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, H.E.R., Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, Ciara, and more are set for the film.

World Premiere of LAUGHS IN SPANISH & More Announced for DCPA Theatre Company 2022/23 Photo World Premiere of LAUGHS IN SPANISH & More Announced for DCPA Theatre Company 2022/23 Season
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 15, 2022

The new Theatre Company season kicks off performances on September 9 and will feature seven mainstage productions including the musical The Color Purple, William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing, and a new production of the audience-favorite The 39 Steps. 

THE COLOR PURPLE Comes To City Springs Theatre Company Photo THE COLOR PURPLE Comes To City Springs Theatre Company
by Marissa Tomeo - Apr 13, 2022

City Springs Theatre Company, Atlanta's home for professional musical theatre, presents The Color Purple as part of its 2021-22 PNC Bank Season. Directed by Kamilah Long, this musical about love plays May 6 - 22, 2022 in the Byers Theatre at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs). The Color Purple is included in current subscriber season packages. Tickets are $40-$100, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. Visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com or call 404-477-4365 for more information.

THE COLOR PURPLE Makes Long Island Premiere in May Photo THE COLOR PURPLE Makes Long Island Premiere in May
by Stephi Wild - Apr 13, 2022

The curtain is about to rise on the Long Island premiere of the Tony award-winning stage musical, The Color Purple, opening May 21 for a four week run, courtesy of Nassau County's only professional theatre, Plaza Broadway Long Island at the Elmont Library Theatre.

Elizabeth Marvel Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adaption Photo Elizabeth Marvel Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film Adaption
by Michael Major - Apr 8, 2022

Elizabeth Marvel will play the role of Miss Millie, the unpleasant wife of the mayor, who hires Sofia to be her maid. The film is currently in production in Georgia. Marvel joins a star-studded cast including Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, Ciara, Corey Hawkins, Colman Domingo, H.E.R., and Aunjanue Ellis.

Ciara Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film as Nettie Photo Ciara Joins THE COLOR PURPLE Film as Nettie
by Michael Major - Mar 23, 2022

Ciara will appear in the film as the adult version of Nettie, sharing the role with Halle Bailey, who will portray the younger version of the character. Ciara is most known for her successful pop and R&B singing career, including hit songs like 'Level Up,' 1, 2, Step' and 'Get Up.'

Allee Willis Videos

VIDEO: Get A First Look At Drury Lane Theatre's THE COLOR PURPLE VideoVIDEO: Get A First Look At Drury Lane Theatre's THE COLOR PURPLE
by BroadwayWorld TV - Sep 25, 2019

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Drury Lane Theatre's production of the 2016 Tony Award-winning The Color Purple, with book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. The Color Purple is directed by Lili-Anne Brown, choreographed by Breon Arzell, and music directed by Jermaine Hill. The production runs through November 3, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

CAP UCLA Presents UnCabaret 25th Anniversary Show And Celebration VideoCAP UCLA Presents UnCabaret 25th Anniversary Show And Celebration
by A.A. Cristi - Oct 18, 2018

UCLA's Center for the Art of Performance (CAP UCLA) presents Los Angeles' legendary UnCabaret, celebrating 25 years of groundbreaking comedy in a one-time-only evening of wildly fun, idiosyncratic live performance, music and never-before-seen footage. Special guests include alumni Julia Sweeney, Janeane Garofalo, Bob Odenkirk, Maria Bamford, Greg Behrendt, Andy Kindler, Scott Thompson, Allee Willis, Laura Kightlinger, Alex Edelman, Rebecca Corry, Jill Soloway and many more to be announced, hosted by creatrix Beth Lapides with musical director Mitch Kaplan on Sunday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. at The Theatre at Ace Hotel Downtown Los Angeles. Tickets for $29.50-$59.50 are available now at cap.ucla.edu and theatre.acehotel.com, 310-825-2101 and The Theatre at Ace Hotel box office.

VIDEO: Paper Mill Playhouse and THE COLOR PURPLE Celebrate Spirit Day 2018 VideoVIDEO: Paper Mill Playhouse and THE COLOR PURPLE Celebrate Spirit Day 2018
by Stage Tube - Oct 18, 2018

Paper Mill Playhouse and the company of The Color Purple support Spirit Day 2018.

VIDEO: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE at Paper Mill Playhouse VideoVIDEO: First Look At THE COLOR PURPLE at Paper Mill Playhouse
by Alan Henry - Sep 27, 2018

BroadwayWorld has a first look at Paper Mill Playhouse's The Color Purple, directed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle. The Color Purple is the Tony Award-winning musical revival based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros.Amblin Entertainment motion picture with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.

BWW TV: Sing It, Celie! Watch THE COLOR PURPLE Tour Bring Down the House in Rehearsal VideoBWW TV: Sing It, Celie! Watch THE COLOR PURPLE Tour Bring Down the House in Rehearsal
by TV - On the Road - Sep 21, 2017

The first North American tour of the Tony Award-winning Broadway revival of THE COLOR PURPLE will launch on October 7, 2017 in Schenectady, New York at Proctors and the tour will have its official opening October 17, 2017 in Baltimore, Maryland at The Hippodrome Theatre. The tour will visit more than 30 cities in its first year on tour.

VIDEO: #HAM4BEY Creator Shares New THE COLOR PURPLE & Prince Mashup!
by Caryn Robbins - Jun 7, 2017

Michael Korte is back with his latest mashup! #PURPLE4PRINCE is the follow-up video to the massively successful #HAM4BEY and #GAGA4RENT! It's (of course) THE COLOR PURPLE mashed with Prince!

VIDEO: Watch Marisha Wallace Lead THE COLOR PURPLE Concert Curtain Call
by BroadwayWorld TV - May 22, 2017

The British Theatre Academy presents a charity gala performance of The Color Purple to raise money for young performers who cannot afford to train in performing arts. Recent performances have included The Secret Garden at The Ambassadors Theatre and Godspell at St Pauls Church, Covent Garden. This concert features a line-up of West End performers alongside a choir of children from the BTA.

VIDEO: Exuberant Cynthia Erivo Accepts Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album
by Caryn Robbins - Feb 13, 2017

At last night's GRAMMY AWARDS, the cast recording of Broadway's THE COLOR PURPLE picked up the award for Best Musical Theater Album.

BWW TV: THE COLOR PURPLE Cast Belts It Out in Bryant Park!
by BroadwayWorld TV - Jul 7, 2016

In attendance today was the cast of The Color Purple (Antoine L. Smith, Rema Webb, Phoenix Best, Akron Watson, Carrie Compere, Adrianna Hicks, Patrice Covington, Lawrence Clayton) who performed three songs from the show: 'Push Da Button,' 'Any Little Thing,' and 'The Color Purple.' Check out highlights below!

VIDEO: THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks Brings Maya Angelou Poem to Life in Short Film
by BWW News Desk - Jun 28, 2016

Maya Angelou's poem, 'Phenomenal Woman,' is brought to life in a short film from actress Elizabeth Masucci, starring THE COLOR PURPLE's Danielle Brooks. Check it out below!


Allee Willis Frequently Asked Questions

How many shows has Allee Willis written?
Allee Willis has written 2 shows including The Color Purple (Composer), Hot Feet (Composer/Lyricist).

What awards has Allee Willis been nominated for?
Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for The Color Purple .