Broadway Across America: The Color Purple | Entertainment Picks | Salt Lake City | Salt Lake City Weekly
DONATE

Broadway Across America: The Color Purple 

Tuesday Nov. 16-Sunday Nov. 21 @ Capitol Theatre

Pin It
Favorite
art12598widea.jpg

The source material was a Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Its first adaptation was an Oscar-nominated 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg. The pedigree was undeniable—but would it work as a stage musical?

Eleven 2006 Tony Award nominations later, as the touring production of The Color Purple comes to town, the answer appears to be “Yes.”

Producer Scott Sanders—with the help of an “Oprah Winfrey Presents” imprimatur—saw an eight-year journey to bring The Color Purple to the stage result in critical and audience success. It still tells the decades-spanning story of Celie, a girl in rural Georgia in the early 1900s who battles against oppression, not just at the hands of Southern whites but also the men in her life. Composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray contributed the 24 songs that emphasize not the horrors that Celie and her peers experience, but the joyous triumph of love and friendship.

Broadway Across America: The Color Purple @ Capitol Theatre, 50 W. 200 South, 801-355-2787, Nov. 16-21, $30-$52.50. BroadwayAcrossAmerica.com

Pin It
Favorite

More by Scott Renshaw

  • Sundance 2022 Day 5 capsules

    Call Jane, The Janes, The Mission, Palm Trees and Power Lines, and more
    • Jan 25, 2022
  • Sundance 2022 Day 4 capsules

    Alice, Cha Cha Real Smooth, My Old School, Resurrection, Jihad Rehab and more
    • Jan 24, 2022
  • Sundance 2022 Day 3 capsules

    Good Luck to You, Leo Grande; Master; Dual; All That Breathes; and more
    • Jan 23, 2022
  • More »

Latest in Entertainment Picks

Readers also liked…

© 2022 Salt Lake City Weekly

Website powered by Foundation