Visitors to Oklahoma City have the unique opportunity to experience the first North American Touring production of Broadway smash hit The Color Purple, January 27th through February 1st.
Nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, The Color Purple opened on December 1, 2006 at the Broadway Theatre where it ran for over two record-breaking years.
It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discovers her unique voice in the world. With a joyous Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, The Color Purple is about hope and the healing power of love.
The Color Purple follows more than 40 years in the story of the downtrodden Celie, a black woman in Georgia whose story we see from age 14. Put upon by men – including Mister, the man she lives with – and separated from the sister she adores, Celie retreats into herself, becoming wooden instead of reacting to the hate around her.
Walker’s novel is told in Celie’s letters to God, to whom she confides her innermost thoughts in a language that is peculiar to her place and time, the Deep South in the nine-teen-teens. Eventually, Celie finds love, in the form of a juke-joint singer named Shug Avery, and begins to emerge again. Always the center of constellation of strong women, she watches and learns from them. By the end of the story, Celie has found her voice and in her own woman.
The original cast recording is available on EMI/Angel Records, and The Color Purple: A Memory Book of the Broadway Musical (Avalon/Carroll & Graf) is available in bookstores now.
Welcomed by U.S. Cellular, The Color Purple comes to Oklahoma’s Civic Center Music Hall January 27th for only eight performances. Tickets may be purchased via phone (405) 297-2264, or in person at the Civic Center Music Hall Box Office.
The Oklahoma City engagement of The Color Purple is presented by Celebrity Attractions, and is part of the Celebrity Attractions 2008-2009 Broadway Season which also includes The Drowsy Chaperone, and the add-on productions of Disney’s The Lion King and Lord of the Dance.