Springfield, MO—This triumphant musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of human fortitude, redemption, and love tells the story of a teenage Celie, torn from her beloved sister and forced into an abusive marriage. Over the next forty years, while Celie encounters repression, despair, and heartbreak, she also discovers hope in a group of friends who inspire her to find her voice, discover her beauty and change her life. Nominated for 11 Tony Awards® and featuring a soaring score of jazz, gospel, blues, and ragtime, The Color Purple brilliantly illuminates the lives of Southern Black women in breathtaking scope. Contains adult content and language. Southwest Missouri premiere.
Dates are February 10-12, 16-19, and 23-26, 2023. Evenings at 7:30 pm, Sundays at 2:00 pm The Historic Fox Theatre, 157 Park Central Square
A post-show discussion with members of the cast and creative team will be held following the Thursday, February 16, and Sunday, February, a total of 19 performances in all. Co-Presented with Mosaic Arts Collective and The Springfield Contemporary Theatre. Based on the Novel Written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture, Book by Marsha Norman. Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Directed by Nki Calloway, Music Supervised by Alex Huff. Associate Directed & Choreographed by Amanda Snead.
The Color Purple Cast:
LaComa Bass, Legend Brooks, Leesa Chambers, Bekki Coker, Dorian E. DeHart, Lyle Q. Foster, DeAyra Hairston, Linda Hale, Brecka Henderson, Mikil Hernandez, Derrick DeVonne King, Jamar Johnson, Samari Johnson, Lavelle Johnston, Najee Lee, Dominique Lowe, Jasmine Martin, Imaney Mwiula, Peace Ndem, Eli Roberts, Kyler Sherman-Wilkins, Sade O. Shine, Adora Lorae Snead, Grace Stafford, Kiva R. Stevens, Nicia Ward and Kendall Wells