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The Color Purple - 2015 - Broadway

See it on Broadway through January 8th only. The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. Best Actress Tony Award winner CYNTHIA ERIVO ("an incandescent new star" says The New York Times) leads a powerhouse cast in this epic story of a young woman’s journey to love and joy in the American South. Joining her is Tony and Grammy-winning Broadway legend JENNIFER HOLLIDAY (Dreamgirls). Tony winner JOHN DOYLE directs.

Don't miss two of Broadway's most powerful performers together on one stage in this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever."

Experience the exhilarating power of this Tony-winning triumph that New York Magazine calls "one of the greatest revivals ever."

Schedule

Running Time: Two hours and 35 minutes, with one intermission

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Broadway)

(New York, NY)
242 West 45th St. Seating Chart
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Featured Reviews For The Color Purple


'Color Purple' musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit - LA Times
What a difference a director makes...Rather than rehashing the drama, Doyle has reconceived "The Color Purple" as a communal meditation on a modern American myth. The result...is a spiritually transcendent theatricalization of the tale that had me silently shouting "hallelujah" and "amen." Doyle is aided by a glorious female cast. Jennifer Hudson, who plays Shug Avery, has been brought in for the Broadway production for box office mojo. But luscious as her singing and stage presence are, she's not the star here. Front and center is the London-trained Cynthia Erivo as Celie...Relatively unheralded, she brings stark humanity -- and an astonishing voice -- to the role of the abused young woman dismissed as ugly and worthless who somehow manages to persevere long enough to have her radiant light recognized. It's hard to imagine that Erivo's heart-stirring Broadway debut, a portrayal that derives enormous power from humility, won't be recognized once award season arrives.

‘The Color Purple’ Broadway Review: Jennifer Hudson, Cynthia Erivo Lead Sexy Revival - The Wrap
A sleek, vastly improved and altogether wonderful revival of "The Color Purple" opened Thursday at Broadway's Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre...under John Doyle's new, inspired direction the musical emerges as one of the most adult shows ever written...Four women is a lot for a musical, and in that original production the focus on Celie...sometimes got lost. The new "Color Purple" never loses sight of its Celie, and Doyle keeps the show revolving around the stunning performance of Cynthia Erivo in the role. She isn't better than LaChanze, Erivo is just different -- very grounded, less impish and adorable. Her more naturalistic approach roots the show, and that's needed because Doyle's minimalism here is very fanciful...Erivo dominates, as she must. But it's a real contest between her and Danielle Brooks' big-voiced, full-bodied Sofie...Jennifer Hudson, in her Broadway debut, brings star presence to the role of Celie's fickle lover, Shug Avery...Here is another big, rich voice, and it is entirely apt that Hudson should be showy with her overuse of melisma.


 



 

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by Marissa Sblendorio - January 8, 2017
The Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple will play its final performance on Broadway today,  Sunday, January 8, 2017. The production will has played 449 regular and 33 preview performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street). Soon, a North American tour of the production will launch, most likely in the fall of 2017.
by Caryn Robbins - January 6, 2017
Cynthia Erivo stopped by 'CBS This Morning' to discuss the impact of the musical which shutter this Sunday
by BWW News Desk - December 27, 2016
Join Broadway's Tony Award-winning cast of THE COLOR PURPLE at The Long Room on December 27th for an after-show talk back and Mix & Mingle.
by Genevieve Rafter Keddy - December 25, 2016
The holiday season is not complete without the perfect music to accompany it. 'Broadway's Carols for a Cure' is the latest compilation album that embodies the spirit of the season like nothing else can. A project born completely out of love, 'Broadway's Carols for a Cure' pairs the casts from famous Broadway musicals with songs that are both classic and new. The result is pure gold that will make you reach for the 'repeat' button over and over again.
by BWW News Desk - December 9, 2016
Join Broadway's Tony Award-winning cast of THE COLOR PURPLE at The Long Room on December 27th for an after-show talk back and Mix & Mingle.
by Walter McBride - December 8, 2016
Just last night, kids from The Police Athletic League headed to the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre to check out The Color Purple, and got to meet wit the cast afterwards. Check out photos below!
by Alan Henry - December 7, 2016
Cynthia Erivo took to Twitter today to confirm that after THE COLOR PURPLE closes on Broadway on January 8th she will not be reprising her role of Celie either on Tour or in the West End.
by Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch - November 22, 2016
In Backstage Bite with Katie Lynch, come into Katie's kitchen with some of Broadway's brightest as they eat, drink and merrily mix it up. See your favorite stars out of their element as they whip up dishes inspired by their Broadway show. Watch what happens when these actors trade belting for baking!
by TV News Desk - November 18, 2016
Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday makes her first appearance on THEATER TALK in a revelatory conversation about the creation of her career-making Broadway role as 'Effie' in the now-legendary Michael Bennett's production of Dreamgirls (1981-83), as well as her more recent 'major acting class' - the month-long rehearsal period with director John Doyle as he prepared her to take over the role of 'Shug Avery' in the current Broadway revival of The Color Purple.
by TV News Desk - November 16, 2016
Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday makes her first appearance on THEATER TALK in a revelatory conversation about the creation of her career-making Broadway role as 'Effie' in the now-legendary Michael Bennett's production of Dreamgirls (1981-83), as well as her more recent 'major acting class' - the month-long rehearsal period with director John Doyle as he prepared her to take over the role of 'Shug Avery' in the current Broadway revival of The Color Purple.
by BWW News Desk - November 15, 2016
Beginning performances tonight, November 15, Nathaniel Stampley will assume the role of Mister in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple.
by Ashlee Latimer - November 13, 2016
Tony Award-nominee Danielle Brooks plays her final performance as Sofia in the Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple on Broadway today, and BroadwayWorld is taking a look back at her incredible debut journey on the Great White Way!
by Caryn Robbins - October 31, 2016
Below, watch the actress speak with USA Today about the iconic role, as well as footage of her amazing performance.
by Nicole Rosky - October 30, 2016
The Tony Award-winning revival of THE COLOR PURPLE will play its final performance on Broadway on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Upon closing, the production will have played 449 regular and 33 preview performances at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 W 45th Street). A North American tour of the production will launch in the fall of 2017.
by BWW News Desk - October 24, 2016
Beginning performances Tuesday, November 15, Nathaniel Stampley will assume the role of Mister in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway musical, THE COLOR PURPLE. Isaiah Johnson, who originated the role, will give his final performance on Sunday, November 13.
by Nicole Rosky - October 24, 2016
Tony and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Holliday has stepped into the role of Shug Avery in John Doyle's Tony Award-winning production of the Broadway musical, The Color Purple. She replaces Heather Headley, who took her final bow on October 2.