Running since November 2015 Tony winner Jennifer Holliday stars in a revival of the Tony nominated musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel. Winner of 2 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
The Broadway production of The Color Purple closed January 8, 2017. For current Broadway show listings and tickets, please click here.
From the producers: This unforgettable and intensely moving new production mesmerized audiences when it premiered at London's acclaimed Menier Chocolate Factory, where critics hailed it as "a revelation" (Mark Shenton, The Stage). Now this American classic comes to Broadway with a powerhouse cast. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime and blues, "The Color Purple" gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning story.
This pared-down revival was first seen at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, directed and designed by Tony winner John Doyle ("The Visit," "Sweeney Todd," "Company"), who recreates that production on Broadway.
Cynthia Erivo, who earned raves from U.K. and American critics for her performance in the London production, repeats her performance as Celie on Broadway. She is joined by Tony winner Jennifer Holliday ("Dreamgirls") as Shug Avery. Danielle Brooks, known for her role as Taystee on the Netflix series "Orange Is the New Black," stars as Sofia.
A canny staging that squarely puts the focus on the rich score...pitch-perfect casting...gospel-inspired songs get the show off to a slow start, but the musical finds its stride when it lets down its hair. "The Color Purple" is bolder, brighter and deeper than ever.
Cynthia Erivo is an absolute marvel in the lead role. [Director] Doyle is known for his minimalist techniques...the cleverness of the ploy wears a little thin toward the end. Doyle and this company are best just letting Erivo and Hudson sing.
Emotionally rich and visually striking...there is an elegant staging and three gorgeous star performances. The score employs Southern flourishes to beautiful effect. The staging also works remarkably well...the streamlining allows the script's emotion to shine clearly through.
New York Magazine
Triumphant...Doyle's intervention amounts to a kind of theatrical CPR, restarting the heart of a show that, in its original production, seemed to die before your eyes. Erivo [as Celie] proves especially masterful...you may feel you have seen as great and full a transformation as any previously put on the musical stage.
New York Post
[The] adaptation takes tons of shortcuts, careening from scene to scene at full speed. Characters undergo drastic changes at the drop of a hat. But the show works in a primal way. Its pop-inflected score has surprising staying power. Your head may quibble, but your heart's on board.
New York Times
Heart-clutching...the effect here is of a story coming to life in the telling. If the story sometimes feels awkwardly tall, especially its wish-fulfilling second act, the musical forms it takes seem convincingly indigenous to its time and place...[a] vitally reincarnated musical.
[A] passionate, scaled-down, streamlined, low-frills revival...[with] simple, moving storytelling. The score [contains] direct, accessible songs that are simply structured but not simple-minded.
Time Out New York
Doyle's elegantly minimal production keeps Celie in sharp central focus throughout. [Erivo] gives a performance of magnetic directness and simplicity...supported by a mighty sisterhood of performers. This "Color Purple" fills you with appreciation for the musical's return.
Glorious..."The Color Purple" is ultimately a story of redemption, and Doyle and his cast do a miraculous job of capturing that essence, down to its spiritual core, without getting preachy or mawkish. you'll relish the power and grace of this "Purple," and emerge uplifted.
Ravishing...Doyle's minimalist production maximizes the strength and beauty of Norman's book. The score has a sweeping populist appeal, sensitive to each character's specific lyric mood. Both the beauty and the brains of the score are evident.