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The Color Purple   

 
Broadway Theatre, (12/01/2005 - 2/24/2008)
First Preview: Nov 01, 2005 Total Previews: 30
Opening Date: Dec 01, 2005    
Closing Date: Feb 24, 2008 Total Performances: 910

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway



Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Gerald Schoenfeld: Chairman; Philip J. Smith: President; Robert E. Wankel: Executive Vice President)
Produced by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci, Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, David Lowy, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Nederlander Presentations, Inc., Bob Weinstein, Harvey Weinstein, Andrew Asnes, Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson
World Premiere Produced by The Alliance Theatre Company
Book by Marsha Norman; Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; Music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; Musical Director: Linda Twine; Based on the novel by Alice Walker; Music orchestrated by Jonathan Tunick; Dance arrangements by Daryl Waters; Based on the motion picture by Warner Brothers and Amblin Entertainment Inc.; Incidental Music Arrangements: Kevin Stites; Additional Arrangements: Joseph Joubert
Directed by Gary Griffin; Choreographed by Donald Byrd; Associate Director: Nona Lloyd
Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty; Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt; Costume Design by Paul Tazewell; Sound Design by Jon Weston; Hair Design by Charles G. LaPointe; Associate Scenic Design: Eric Renschler; Associate Costume Design: Michael McAleer; Associate Lighting Design: Mark T. Simpson and Jennifer Schriever; Associate Sound Design: Jason Strangfeld; Make-Up Design by Angelina Avallone
General Manager: Nina Lannan & Associates and Amy Beth Jacobs; Company Manager: Kimberly Kelley
Production Manager: Arthur Siccardi and Patrick Sullivan; Production Stage Manager: Kristen Harris; Stage Manager: Glynn David Turner
Musical Supervisor: Kevin Stites; Conducted by Linda Twine; Associate Conductor: Joseph Joubert; Trumpets: Barry Danielian, Brian O'Flaherty and Kamau Adilifu; Trombones: Larry Farrell and Jason Jackson; Woodwinds: Les Scott, Lawrence Feldman and Jay Brandford; Keyboards: Joseph Joubert and Shelton Becton; Drums/Percussion: Buddy Williams and Damien Bassman; Guitar: Steve Bargonetti; Bass: Ben Brown; Violins: Paul Woodiel and Mineko Yajima; Viola: David Creswell; Cello: Clay C. Ruede; Music Contractor: Seymour "Red" Press; Synthesizer Programmer: Bruce Samuels
Casting: Bernard Telsey Casting, Inc.; Press Representative: Carol R. Fineman and Barlow-Hartman Public Relations; Marketing: TMG - The Marketing Group; Dance Captain: Stephanie Guiland-Brown ; Fight direction by J. Steven White; Fight Captain: James Brown III; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Photographer: Joan Marcus and Paul Kolnik; Dialect Coach: Deborah Hecht
Cast
LaChanzeCelie
Brandon Victor DixonHarpo
Felicia P. FieldsSofia
Renée Elise GoldsberryNettie
Kingsley LeggsMister
Krisha MarcanoSqueak
Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
Broadway Debut
Shug Avery
(Nov 01, 2005 - Jan 31, 2008)
James Brown IIIBobby
Ensemble
LaTrisa A. ColemanEnsemble
Carol DennisChurch Soloist
Ensemble
Anika EllisEnsemble
Doug EskewPreacher
Ensemble
Zipporah G. GatlingYoung Celie
Ensemble
Mister Daughter
Young Olivia
Henrietta
Charles GrayEnsemble
James HarknessEnsemble
Francesca HarperEnsemble
Kimberly Ann Harris
Broadway Debut
Church Lady / Doris
Ensemble
Chantylla Johnson
Broadway Debut
Young Nettie
Ensemble
Mister Daughter
Chief's Daughter
Grasan KingsberryOlder Adam
Ensemble
J. C. MontgomeryPa
Grady
Ensemble
Lou MyersOl' Mister
Ensemble
Angela RobinsonEnsemble
Bahiyah Sayyed GainesOlder Olivia
Ensemble
Nathaniel Stampley Buster
Ensemble
Chief
Jamal Story
Broadway Debut
Ensemble
Leon G. Thomas IIIYoung Harpo
Ensemble
Young Adam
Maia Nkenge WilsonChurch Lady / Jarene
Ensemble
Daisy
Virginia Ann WoodruffChurch Lady / Darlene
Ensemble
Swings: Jeannette I. Bayardelle, Eric L. Christian, Bobby Daye, Stephanie Guiland-Brown and Corinne McFarlane
Understudies: Jeannette I. Bayardelle (Celie, Nettie), James Brown III (Harpo), Carol Dennis (Sofia), Anika Ellis (Shug Avery), Charles Gray (Mister), Francesca Harper (Squeak), Kimberly Ann Harris (Sofia), Kenita R. Miller (Celie, Nettie), J. C. Montgomery (Mister), Angela Robinson (Shug Avery) and Nathaniel Stampley (Harpo)
Theatre World
winner 2007 Award [recipient] 
  Fantasia Barrino
winner 2006 Award [recipient] 
  Felicia P. Fields
winner 2006 Award [recipient] 
  Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
Tony Award®
 2006 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Produced by Oprah Winfrey , Scott Sanders , Roy Furman , Quincy Jones , Creative Battery , Anna Fantaci , Cheryl Lachowicz , Independent Presenters Network , David Lowy , Stephanie McClelland , Gary Winnick , Jan Kallish , Nederlander Presentations, Inc. , Bob Weinstein , Harvey Weinstein , Andrew Asnes , Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson
 2006 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Marsha Norman
 2006 Best Original Score [nominee] 
 Lyrics by Brenda Russell , Stephen Bray and Allee Willis ;  Music by Allee Willis , Brenda Russell and Stephen Bray
winner 2006 Best Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  LaChanze
 2006 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Brandon Victor Dixon
 2006 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Felicia P. Fields
 2006 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 
  Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
 2006 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Donald Byrd
 2006 Best Scenic Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Scenic Design by John Lee Beatty
 2006 Best Costume Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Costume Design by Paul Tazewell
 2006 Best Lighting Design of a Musical [nominee] 
 Lighting Design by Brian MacDevitt
ACT 1 Sung By
Huckelberry Pie Young Celie and Young Nettie
Mysterious WaysChurch Soloist, Church Ladies and Company
Somebody Gonna Love YouCelie
Our PrayerNettie, Celie and Mister
Big Dog Mister and Field Hands
Hell No!Sofia and Sisters
Brown Betty Harpo, Men and Squeak
Shug Avery Comin' to Town Mister, Celie and Company
Too Beautiful for WordsShug Avery
Push Da Button Shug Avery and Company
Uh-Oh!Church Ladies, Sofia and Squeak
What About Love?Celie and Shug Avery
ACT 2 Sung By
African HomelandNettie, Celie, Olivia, Adam and Villagers
The Color PurpleShug Avery
Mister's SongMister
Miss Celie's PantsCelie, Shug Avery, Sofia and Women
Any Little ThingHarpo and Sofia
I'm HereCelie
The Color Purple (Reprise) Celie, Nettie and Company