BWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Speaks Directly to the Need for Hope and Redemption During Challenging TimesBWW Review: THE COLOR PURPLE Speaks Directly to the Need for Hope and Redemption During Challenging Times
by Shari Barrett - Nov 13, 2018

I cannot even think of enough accolades to share about the current production being staged by Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) at the Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles) through December 9. The totally entertaining and artistically brilliant production, directed and choreographed by NAACP Theater Award-winner Jeffrey Polk, pulled me in from the moment it started until the end, given the amazingly talented cast who bring the characters so realistically to life that you can actually feel all the emotions each is going through from moment to moment. You will laugh, be fearful, cry and celebrate with all of them by the time the show ends. (more...)

Greenway Arts Alliance Announces Casting For THE COLOR PURPLEGreenway Arts Alliance Announces Casting For THE COLOR PURPLE
by BWW News Desk - Oct 4, 2018

Greenway Arts Alliance (Whitney Weston and Pierson Blaetz, Co-Founders and Co-Artistic Directors) announced the cast and creative team for the THE COLOR PURPLE, which will play at the Greenway Court Theatre (544 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles). Performances run from November 9 through December 9 with the official press opening on Saturday, November 10. The Tony Award-winning musical features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Directing and choreographing the cast of 15 is NAACP Theater Award-winner Jeffrey Polk (Smokey Joe's Cafe). (more...)

Photo Flash: HALLELUJAH, BABY! Celebrates Black History Month at Musical Theatre Guild
by BWW News Desk - Feb 13, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!. The one-night-only concert event took place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre yesterday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM with original cast members Frieda Payne and Robert Hooks in attendance. Scroll down for photos! (more...)

Rarely Seen HALLELUJAH, BABY! Revives Next Week at MTG
by BWW News Desk - Feb 5, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!. The one-night-only concert event will take place at Glendale's historic Alex Theatre on Sunday, February 12, 2017 at 7:00 PM with original cast members Frieda Payne and Robert Hooks scheduled to be in attendance. (more...)

Musical Theatre Guild to Celebrate Black History Month with Rare HALLELUJAH, BABY!
by BWW News Desk - Jan 13, 2017

Musical Theatre Guild, the winner of the Los Angeles Drama Critic's Circle Margaret Harford Award for sustained excellence in the theatre, will celebrate Black History Month with the rarely produced HALLELUJAH, BABY!  (more...)

SONGS OF PARADISE Opens Pasadena Playhouse's HOTHOUSE Staged Reading Series Tonight
by BWW News Desk - Sep 25, 2013

The Pasadena Playhouse (Sheldon Epps, Artistic Director and Elizabeth Doran, Executive Director) announced the start of the 2013 - 2014 season of its HOTHOUSE at The Playhouse new play development, staged reading series. This staged reading series is produced and presented as a complimentary Playhouse program to continue to develop new work and revise and reinvigorate classics. (more...)

Penumbra Theatre Company's THE AMEN CORNER at the Guthrie to Feature Greta Oglesby, Eric Berryman and More
by BWW News Desk - Mar 29, 2012

On the heels of successful presentations of Gem of the Ocean, A Raisin in the Sun and Ma Rainey's Black Bottom, the Guthrie Theater welcomes back the acclaimed Penumbra Theatre Company for The Amen Corner-an uplifting and masterful drama written by celebrated playwright and novelist James Baldwin and directed by Penumbra Founder and Artistic Director Lou Bellamy. (more...)

'The Color Purple:' Tears When I'm Happy
by Jan Nargi - Jun 12, 2009

Soul-stirring national tour of the musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel makes a powerful impression at the Bushnell in Hartford, CT (more...)

'A Purple Cabaret' Benefit Hosted by 'Color Purple' Stars Ja
by BWW News Desk - Dec 23, 2007

Co-Stars of The Color Purple from the LA National Tour and Broadway productions join 'Friends' to support Valley Musical Theatre in 'A Purple Cabaret: The 'Reel' Songs of Hollywood,' a benefit for Valley Musical Theatre's Programming and Educational Programs on January 28 at the Coronet Theatre, Los Angeles, CA. (more...)

The Color Purple Celebrates 1st Year on Broadway, 11/1
by BWW News Desk - Nov 1, 2006

The smash hit musical, The Color Purple, nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, and the recipient of a Best Actress Tony Award, for LaChanze (as Celie), celebrates its first year anniversary on Broadway (more...)

Fields Set for 'Purple' Tour; Williams is Sofia on Bway
by BWW News Desk - Oct 31, 2006

Chicago native Felicia P. Fields will reprise her 2006 Tony-nominated role of Sofia in the national tour of the hit musical The Color Purple, while NaTasha Yvette Williams will succeed her on Broadway (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Color Purple Listening Party
by Ben Strothmann - Jan 12, 2006

LaChanze and other The Color Purple stars turned out to Angus McIndoe on January 10th to listen to a preview of the show's cast recording (more...)

Photo Coverage: The Color Purple Press Preview
by Walter McBride - Oct 13, 2005

Members of the press were treated to scenes from The Color Purple, presented by Oprah Winfrey and BroadwayWorld was there! The show begins previews November 1, and opens December 1. (more...)

Oprah Becomes An Investor And Producer Of Broadway's The Color Purple
by BWW News Desk - Sep 26, 2005

When the curtain rises this season on The Color Purple, theatergoers will see Oprah Winfrey's name above the title as producer. (more...)

Color Purple Casting Announced, with LaChanze to Star
by BWW News Desk - Sep 8, 2005

LaChanze has been announced as the star of the upcoming musical The Color Purple, which will begin previews at the Broadway Theatre on November 1st (more...)