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The Color Purple

Presented by Oprah Winfrey, this emotional and beloved novel comes to life on stage at the Broadway Theatre.

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Elisabeth Withers-Mendes to Depart The Color Purple on January 31

Elisabeth Withers-Mendes to Depart The Color Purple on January 31
After a run of 27 months as sexy Shug Avery, 2006 Tony Award nominee Elisabeth Withers-Mendes will play her final regular performance in The Color Purple on Thursday, January 31. Understudy Angela Robinson will take on the part full-time on February 1.

For her Broadway debut in the show, Withers-Mendes was honored with nominations for the Tony Award, the Outer ...

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The Color Purple to Close on Broadway Feb. 24

The Color Purple to Close on Broadway Feb. 24
The Broadway musical The Color Purple, which drew national attention when Oprah Winfrey signed on as a producer, has announced a closing date of February 24. The show will have played 30 previews and 910 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre, directed by Gary Griffin.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and Steven Spielberg's movie adaptation ...

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Zonya Love Will Be The Color Purple's New Celie

Zonya Love Will Be The Color Purple's New Celie
Zonya Love will make her Broadway debut as Celie in the hit musical The Color Purple, beginning on January 9, 2008, alongside Chaka Khan as Sofia and BeBe Winans as Harpo. Fantasia will play her final performance in the show on January 6 after a critically acclaimed nine-month run. LaKisha Jones, previously announced to play the Church Soloist who opens ... Read More...

Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, LaKisha Jones Headed to The Color Purple

Chaka Khan, BeBe Winans, LaKisha Jones Headed to The Color Purple

R&B legend Chaka Khan has signed on to play Sofia in the Broadway production of The Color Purple beginning January 9, 2008. On the same day, gospel great BeBe Winans will join the company as Sofia's husband, Harpo. American Idol finalist LaKisha Jones is also headed for Broadway: Beginning December 19, she will deliver the show's opening ...

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NaTasha Yvette Williams

Age: "Thirtysomething."

Hometown: Fayetteville, North Carolina

Currently: Stopping the show nightly as tough-yet-lovable Sofia in The Color Purple.

Sing Out, NaTasha: At age 3, Williams joined her church's "tiny tot" choir and honed her performance skills as a child in front of the TV with her family. "We used to watch Sonny and Cher, and when Chastity, their daughter ...

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Fantasia Extends Run in The Color Purple

Fantasia Extends Run in The Color Purple
Fantasia Barrino will extend her critically acclaimed performance as Celie in The Color Purple through January 6, 2008, at the Broadway Theatre. Fantasia made her Broadway debut on April 10 in what had been scheduled to be a six-month limited engagement.

Fantasia won a 2007 Theater World Award and Broadway.com Audience Award for her theatrical debut in the hit ...

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Jeanette Bayardelle, LaToya London & Michelle Williams to Star in Color Purple Tour

Jeanette Bayardelle, LaToya London & Michelle Williams to Star in Color Purple Tour
The national tour of The Color Purple, which starts at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago on April 17, has found its Celie, Nettie and Shug. Jeannette Bayardelle, LaToya London and Michelle Williams will, respectively, play the roles in the production, joining previously announced player Felicia P. Fields as Sofia.

Bayardelle left the Broadway production of The Color Purple on ...

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Fantasia Barrino Will Play Celie in The Color Purple, Debuting 4/10

Fantasia Barrino Will Play Celie in The Color Purple, Debuting 4/10

 

It's official: American Idol third-season winner Fantasia Barrino will assume the role of Celie in the Broadway production of The Color Purple on April 10 for a six-month run. The widely expected announcement was made during the February 22 telecast of American Idol, on which she sang Celie's big final song, "I'm Here."

The Color Purple tells ...

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Kenita R. Miller to Play Celie in The Color Purple Starting 2/20

Kenita R. Miller to Play Celie in The Color Purple Starting 2/20
Kenita R. Miller will assume the role of Celie in The Color Purple on February 20. Jeannette Bayardelle, who has been playing the part since November 6, will play her final performance with the Broadway cast on February 18.

Miller made her Broadway debut in the original company of The Color Purple as an understudy for the roles of Celie ...

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Sing Hallelujah! The Color Purple Producers Recoup $11 Million Investment

Sing Hallelujah! The Color Purple Producers Recoup $11 Million Investment

On the one year anniversary of their opening night, the producers of The Color Purple announced that they have recouped their entire $11 million investment in the show. In addition, the musical is boasting the highest cumulative attendance figures of any new show of the 2005-06 Broadway season, with more than 750,000 audience members now having seen the show ...

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