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Exclusive: Danielle Brooks Looks Back on Her Stage Debut at Six-Years-Old on FINDING YOUR ROOTS
by Michael Major - February 13, 2024

Oscar and Tony-nominated actress Danielle Brooks is finding her roots tonight on PBS. The Color Purple star is sitting down with Henry Louis Gates Jr. for a new episode of Finding Your Roots tonight with Dionne Warwick. Watch an exclusive video clip, where Brooks discusses catching the acting bug while acting in plays at her church.

THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Sets Max Streaming Premiere Date
by Michael Major - February 9, 2024

Warner Bros. Pictures’ THE COLOR PURPLE movie musical will make its streaming debut on Max next week. Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones, the film is a bold new take on the classic story of love and resilience, adapted from the beloved novel and the Broadway musical.

THE COLOR PURPLE is Now in UK Cinemas; Soundtrack Also Available Now!
by Stephi Wild - January 26, 2024

The highly-anticipated motion picture The Color Purple has been released today in UK cinemas. A film about empowerment, the film's accompanying soundtrack, ‘The Color Purple (Music From and Inspired By)', is also available now.

THE COLOR PURPLE Tops NAACP Image Award Nominations - Full List of Nominees!
by Michael Major - January 25, 2024

The NAACP Image Award Nominations have been announced, with The Color Purple leading with a total of 16 nominations, with nods for Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Halle Bailey, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, and more. Check out the full list of nominations now!

Watch the First 10 Minutes of THE COLOR PURPLE With Whoopi Goldberg, 'Mysterious Ways' & More
by Michael Major - January 22, 2024

The first 10 minutes of The Color Purple have been released, featuring Whoopi Goldberg's cameo and the opening number, 'Mysterious Ways.' The video also features Tamela Mann, Halle Bailey, David Alan Grier, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Deon Cole. It opens with Bailey and Mpasi singing 'Huckleberry Pie' as Celie and Nettie.

How to Watch THE COLOR PURPLE at Home With Hours of Bonus Footage
by Michael Major - January 16, 2024

The digital and physical releases will include hours of bonus features, including a behind the scenes look at turning Alice Walker's novel into a musical. The dozens of features will also have three featurettes with director Blitz Bazawule, producer Orpah Winfrey, the filmmakers and the star-studded cast. Find out how you can watch at home!

Video: Watch Fantasia's 'Superpower (I)' Music Video From THE COLOR PURPLE
by Michael Major - January 12, 2024

Superpower (I) features a tour de force performance by Fantasia, the film's central star. Written and produced by lauded hitmaker The-Dream (Rhianna, Beyoncé, Mariah Carey), the song unites all the emotion of the film into a powerful crescendo and has been shortlisted for Oscar consideration. Watch the new music video now!

THE COLOR PURPLE Classes Come to Peloton This Month
by Stephi Wild - January 10, 2024

A lineup of special The Color Purple classes are coming to Peloton, as part of the Broadway series. The classes will feature music from the 2023 film.

THE COLOR PURPLE Box Office Numbers Fall After Christmas Opening
by Blair Ingenthron - January 7, 2024

The Color Purple made an estimated $4.8 million from 3,218 theaters in the United States and Canada this weekend. This puts the film in seventh place at the box office, behind George Clooney’s “The Boys in the Boat,' which is open at only 2,687 theaters.

Video: Watch Taraji P. Henson Perform 'Push Da Button' in THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical
by Michael Major - January 5, 2024

Watch a video of Taraji P. Henson's full show-stopping rendition of 'Push Da Button' from The Color Purple movie musical. The video also features appearances by Fantasia Barrino, Colman Domingo, and Corey Hawkins. Directed by Blitz Bazawule, the film features choreography by Fatima Robinson.

Barack Obama Places THE COLOR PURPLE Among His Favorite Films of 2023; Says He 'Loved It'
by Michael Major - December 29, 2023

Barack Obama has added The Color Purple as a late addition to his favorite films of 2023. The former President took to X to share that he 'loved it,' receiving an enthusiastic response from Danielle Brooks. Read the reviews of the film now and find out its latest box office update!

Why Oprah Didn't Make a Cameo in THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical
by Michael Major - December 28, 2023

Oprah Winfrey is opening up about the surprise cameo in The Color Purple and why she didn't make one herself. While she turned down a potential appearance in the film, the media mogul thinks that Whoopi Goldberg's cameo is 'more special' in the film.

THE COLOR PURPLE Hits $25 Million at the Box Office
by Michael Major - December 27, 2023

The Color Purple has hit $25 million at the box office, building on its impressive $18 million debut. The box office feat shows displays a resurgence for movie musicals at the box office, setting the stage for Mean Girls on January 12.

LaChanze Speaks Up About THE COLOR PURPLE Royalties For 'I'm Here'; Says She 'Was a Huge Part at Writing' the Song
by Michael Major - December 27, 2023

LaChanze is speaking up about the mark she made on The Color Purple musical. The actress and producer, who won a Tony Award for playing the role of Celie in the original Broadway production, states that she added lyrics to 'I'm Here.'

Video: Watch Fantasia Barrino Perform 'I'm Here' During THE COLOR PURPLE Table Read
by Michael Major - December 26, 2023

Watch a video of Fantasia Barrino performing 'I'm Here' during The Color Purple table read. The American Idol alum's co-star, Colman Domingo, took to Instagram to share the clip. The new film also features Danielle Brooks reprising her Tony-nominated Broadway performance as Sofia, along with H.E.R., Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and more.

THE COLOR PURPLE Tops Christmas Day Box Office With $18 Million Debut; Ties With LES MISERABLES
by Michael Major - December 26, 2023

The Color Purple topped the Christmas Day box office with a $18 million debut. The film's debut was 'much bigger' than was anticipated, tying with 2012's Les Miserables film for Christmas Day grosses in movie theaters. The film stars Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Colman Domingo, and more.

Taraji P. Henson 'Almost Had to Walk Away' From THE COLOR PURPLE Over Low Salary; Discusses Income Inequality For Black Actresses
by Michael Major - December 21, 2023

While discussing the salary inequality that Black women face in the entertainment industry, Taraji P. Henson said she 'almost had to walk away' from The Color Purple after not seeing a raise in her income since 2018. She cites Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks, Halle Bailey, and Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as people she wants to set an example for.

A Guide to THE COLOR PURPLE Musical Songs: What Was Cut & Added For the New Movie Musical
by Michael Major - December 20, 2023

The Color Purple movie musical features several new songs with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. With the additional of new material, some of the songs from the stage production have been cut. Check out a guide to new and old songs from The Color Purple on Broadway and on screen below!

Review Roundup: THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical Starring Fantasia Barrino, Danielle Brooks & More; What Did the Critics Think?
by Michael Major - December 19, 2023

Read the reviews for The Color Puprle movie musical! It stars Fantasia Barrino and Danielle Brooks reprising the roles that they previously played on Broadway, plus Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, and more. Find out what critics thought of Oprah Winfrey's new film now!

Photos: See Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson & More in THE COLOR PURPLE Movie Musical
by Michael Major - December 18, 2023

The new stills feature updated looks at Danielle Brooks, Taraji P. Henson, Fantasia Barrino, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., and more with director Blitz Bazawule in The Color Purple. Check out photos of songs like 'What About Love,' 'Push Da Button,' 'Dear God - Shug,' and 'She Be Mine' now!

Video: Oprah Opens Up About THE COLOR PURPLE in Documentary Trailer: 'This Is the Greatest Desire of My Life'
by Michael Major - December 15, 2023

Watch the video trailer for the Max Original documentary special OPRAH AND THE COLOR PURPLE JOURNEY. Oprah Winfrey takes viewers inside the four-decade phenomenon, exploring the importance of the novel, films and musical, and the ever-evolving conversation around this seminal work. 

Listen: THE COLOR PURPLE Musical Film Official Soundtrack is Available Now
by Stephi Wild - December 15, 2023

The Official Soundtrack for the forthcoming The Color Purple musical film is available now!  ‘The Color Purple (Music From and Inspired By)' Soundtrack is a powerhouse R&B/Pop album, featuring the film's ensemble cast. Listen to the album here!

Interview: Why Corey Hawkins Wanted to Be Danielle Brooks' Harpo in THE COLOR PURPLE
by Michael Major - December 14, 2023

Nearly 20 years into their friendship, Corey Hawkins and Danielle Brooks are having their biggest moment yet. In a new interview with BroadwayWorld, Hawkins says where he and Brooks are now is 'destined,' sharing why he wanted to be 'her Harpo.' Watch the video of him also discussing his new song 'Workin'' and following In the Heights.

Oprah Faced Pressure to Cast Beyoncé & Rihanna in THE COLOR PURPLE
by Michael Major - December 14, 2023

Oprah has revealed that she faced pressure to cast stars like Beyoncé and Rihanna in The Color Purple movie musical. Winfrey shared that while the original film was a commercial success, there was still concern from producers over selling the movie musical adaptation to audiences.

Interview: Phylicia Pearl Mpasi on Going From THE LION KING to THE COLOR PURPLE
by Michael Major - December 21, 2023

Following several runs as a swing in The Lion King on Broadway, Phylicia Pearl Mpasi is playing Young Celie in the new movie musical adaptation of The Color Purple. BroadwayWorld sat down with Mpasi to discuss the transition from stage to screen, sharing the role of Celie with Fantasia Barrino, how Halle Bailey supported her on set, and more.


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