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Photos: Inside THE COLOR PURPLE Premiere With Oprah Winfrey, Ariana DeBose & More

Attendees included the cast of The Color Purple, including Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Ciara, H.E.R., and Phylicia Pearl Mpasi. Also present were Oprah Winfrey, Stephen Spielberg, Alicia Keys, Tyler Perry, Storm Reid, Ariana DeBose, Fatima Robinson, and more. Check out photos!

Photos: THE COLOR PURPLE Character Posters Show New Look at Colman Domingo, Danielle Brooks & More

Ahead of the release of the The Color Purple, check out new character poster photos for the musical movie, featuring Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie, H.E.R. as Squeak, Colman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Danielle Brooks as Sofia, and Fantasia Barrino as Celie.

THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Cuts 'African Homeland,' 'Our Prayer' & More Songs

The song list for the upcoming The Color Purple movie musical has revealed what songs from the stage version have been cut for the adaptation. Songs like 'Somebody Gonna Love You,' 'Our Prayer,' 'Big Dog,' 'Dear God - Sofia,' 'Brown Betty,' 'Uh-Oh,' 'African Homeland,' have been cut from the movie. Find out the full list now!

Oprah Will Go Behind THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical In New Max Documentary

The Max Original documentary, provides a behind-the-scenes look into the making of the upcoming movie musical reimagining of “The Color Purple.” Oprah Winfrey will take viewers inside the four-decade phenomenon, exploring the importance of the novel, films and musical, and the ever-evolving conversation around this seminal work.

THE COLOR PURPLE Soundtrack to Feature Music By Alicia Keys, Jennifer Hudson & More

The album will feature songs from the musical sung by Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, H.E.R., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, and Fantasia Barrino. The album will also feature Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Jennifer Hudson, Megan Thee Stallion, Coco Jones, Keyshia Cole, Usher, Missy Elliott, and more.

Video: Watch New Clips of 'Hell No,' 'Mysterious Ways,' and 'Push Da Button' from THE COLOR PURPLE

Watch interviews with the cast and new clips from the film, including 'Hell No,' 'Mysterious Ways,' and 'Push Da Button,' in the new THE COLOR PURPLE promo video here!

Video: Halle Bailey Sings 'Huckleberry Pie' From THE COLOR PURPLE With Phylicia Pearl Mpasi in New Promo

Following her performance in The Little Mermaid, Halle Bailey is continuing her year by playing Nettie in The Color Purple movie musical. Bailey plays Nettie, the younger sister of Celie, who is first played by Phylicia Pearl Mpasi before Fantasia Barrino takes on the mature version. Nettie is later played by Ciara. Watch the video!

Photos: See the THE COLOR PURPLE Cast Attend London Screening

The Color Purple attended a VIP screening of the film at the Regent Street Cinema in London, England. Check out photos of Corey Hawkins, Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Fantasia Barrino and Colman Domingo and director Blitz Bazawule at the screening now! Following the screening, the cast attended an event at The IET Building Rooftop in London.

Halle Bailey Co-Wrote a New Song For THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical

Halle Bailey has co-written a new song for the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. The song, titled 'Keep It Movin',' is sung by Bailey as Nettie in the film, along with Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, who plays young Celie. The Little Mermaid star worked on the song with Denisia Andrews, Brittany Coney and Morten Ristorp.

Review: The New York Pops Celebrates 21st CENTURY BROADWAY Musicals in Their Rousing Season Opener at Carnegie Hall

Under the talented and guiding hand of music director and conductor Steven Reineke, this exceptional orchestra gives Broadway songs a majesty and heft that most Broadway orchestra pits cannot provide.

Tickets to See THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical On Sale Now; 'Gift a Ticket' Program on Oprah's Favorite Things Holiday List

Get ready to be swept away by the newly reimagined movie musical version of The Color Purple, starring Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson. To make things even better, Fandango’s “Gift a Ticket” offering for the movie was selected by the film’s producer Oprah Winfrey as one of Oprah’s 2023 Favorite Things Holiday Gifts List. 

Photos: Brenda Russell Interviewed For UNSCRIPTED LIVE At City Winery NYC

Tony Award-winning composer Brenda Russell joined award-winning filmmaker and photographer Sekou Luke and noted music journalist Christian John Wikane in The Loft at City Winery on Monday, October 16 for the third edition of 'Unscripted Live,' the live branch of 'Unscripted: Conversations with Christian John Wikane'. See photos!

Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival Unveils 2024 Summer Season

Discover the upcoming season of Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, featuring Shakespeare plays, musicals, and children's theatre. Explore the theme of 'Persistence of Love' and experience engaging performances that celebrate love in all its forms. Get ready for an exciting summer of theater!

Video: Watch a New THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Trailer With Taraji P. Henson Singing 'Push Da Button'

A new trailer for the movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has been released. Watch Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, and the star-studded cast in the new video now! The film is produced by produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, and more.

Photo: Check Out a New THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Poster With Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks & Taraji P. Henson

A new poster for the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has been revealed featuring Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, and Taraji P. Henson. This bold new take on the beloved classic is directed by Blitz Bazawule (“Black Is King'). Check out the photo of the poster now!

THE COLOR PURPLE, The MUSIC MAN & More Set for Pittsburgh CLO 2024 Summer Series Lineup

Pittsburgh CLO has unveiled the exciting lineup for their 2024 Summer Series. Find out the dates and locations of the upcoming shows.

Photos: Get a New Look at THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical With Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino & More

New photos from the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple has been released. The new photos feature stills from the film, as well as behind-the-scenes shots of Bazawule directing cast members like Taraji P. Henson and Fantasia Barrino. They also feature Danielle Brooks, Corey Hawkins, and more.

THE COLOR PURPLE Film To Keep December Release Date Amidst Hollywood Strikes

After some speculation that the musical big screen adaptation of The Color Purple would again move its opening day amidst the ongoing strikes in Hollywood, Variety is reporting that the film will stick with its planned opening of Christmas Day, December 25, 2023. 

THE COLOR PURPLE Film Release Date May Shift Amidst Strikes

Amidst the ongoing strikes, Warner Bros. may be shifting the release date for the upcoming movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. This comes as the result of the strikes of SAG-AFTRA and the Writers Guild of America, who are fighting producers for new contracts.

New Village Arts to Present A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO

New Village Arts (NVA), North County's cultural hub, will bring back to its stage one of the most popular productions of 2019, Herbert Siguenza's tour-de-force performance of A WEEKEND WITH PABLO PICASSO. 


Brenda Russell has written 1 shows including The Color Purple (Composer).

Brenda Russell has been nominated for the Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre (Tony Awards) for her work on the Broadway show The Color Purple.

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