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Need-to-Know Facts About The Color Purple

The Color Purple is coming to town! Fall in love with Celie as she lives through the heartbreak, joys, and triumphs of life in the American South. The show will be at the State Theatre January 30th thrrough February 1st. Here are Ten “Little Things” you should know about The Color Purple before you see your performance. 

  1. The Color Purple is a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning classic novel The Color Purple.
  2. Ms. Walker was the first woman of color to win a Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.
  3. In 2019, BBC America named The Color Purple to their list of the Top 100 Most Influential Novels That Shaped Our World
  4. The 1985 film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg was nominated for 10 Academy Awards®. The film also starred Whoopi Goldberg who won a Golden Globe® for her portrayal of Celie, and Oprah Winfrey who earned her first Academy Award® nomination.
  5. In December of 2005, the first musical adaptation of The Color Purple was produced on Broadway. The production ran for 940 performances and earned 11 Tony® Award nominations before it closed in 2008.
  6. In December 2015 The Color Purple returned to Broadway, ten years after the original production first debuted.
  7. At the 2016 Tony® Awards The Color Purple won two Tony’s®. Including one for Best Revival of a Musical (Beating Fiddler on the Roof). 
  8. Jennifer Hudson (Dream Girls), Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black), and Cynthia Erivo (Harriet) made their Broadway debuts in the 2015 revival. Erivo earned a Tony® for Best Actress in a Musical (beating actress Phillippa Soo of Hamilton!) 
  9. Within the score of The Color Purple there are elements of gospel, ragtime, blues, and jazz music. The 2015 cast album won a Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album. 
  10. The Broadway production of The Color Purple closed in early January 2017 after running for 483 performances. Since it closed on Broadway, The Color Purple as been produced in four other countries including the Netherlands, South Africa, Canada, and Brazil.

You are sure to be the “Big Dog” in the audience now that you know these facts. The Color Purple runs from January 30th and 31st at 8pm and February 1st at 2pm and 8pm at the State Theatre New Jersey. 

By Taylor Gram

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