This show was originally a novel written by Alice Walker in 1982, which received the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award. In 1985, the book was adapted into a film that was directed by Steven Spielberg. The film starred Whoopi Goldberg as Celie, along with Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey in supporting roles. The film was well received by fans who went to the movies with their The Color Purple tickets, helping the film gross more than $98 million in ticket sales.
In 2005, The Color Purple musical opened on Broadway. The show was directed by Gary Griffin and was produced by Scott Sanders, Quincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey. The show was adapted by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman and has music and lyrics by Grammy Award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. It closed on Broadway in February 2008 after grossing over $100 million. After closing on Broadway after 910 performances, the musical brought its inspirational story on the road with a national tour. Find The Color Purple tickets today.
The Color Purple is a story about female African-Americans in southern America in the 1930's. The main characters include the heroine, Celie; her sister, Nettie; and her friend, Shug. Some of the themes addressed in the plot include oppression, sexuality, love, and spirituality.