The Color Purple

Jacobs Theatre, New York

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  • Music by

    Brenda Russell and Allee Willis

  • Lyrics by

    Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray

  • Book by

    Marsha Norman

  • Director and Designer

    John Doyle

  • Costume Design

    Ann Hould-Ward

  • Lighting Design

    Jane Cox

  • Orchestrations

    Joseph Joubert

  • Sound Design

    Gregory Clarke

  • Original Broadway cast included

    Cynthia Eviro, Jennifer Judson and Danielle Brookes. Heather Headley took over the role of Shug Avery from Jennifer Hudson in May 2016.

Winner of the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The Color Purple is ‘a blazing triumph and a glory to behold’ raves The New York Times. Hailed as ‘a direct hit to the heart’ (Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American musical has conquered Broadway in an all-new, roof-raising production that was first seen at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.

Best Actress Tony winner Cynthia Erivo ‘gives Broadway one of its most electrifying performances in years’ (Time Out New York) in this epic story of a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South. Joining her is a powerhouse cast led by Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley (Aida, The Lion King) who takes over from Academy and Grammy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls), and Best Featured Actress Tony nominee Danielle Brooks (Orange is the New Black) in ‘the kind of heaven-sent debut that dreams are made of’ (Entertainment Weekly).

  • Give thanks this morning, children of Broadway, and throw in a hearty hallelujah. The Color Purple has been born again, and its conversion is a glory to behold. A miracle on Broadway

    New York Times
  • Never was there such stamping, cheering, hooting, roaring and whistling...It rocks the house!

    The Times
  • One of the greatest revivals ever

    New York Magazine
  • Cynthia Erivo gives a career-defining performance as Celie

  • It’s here and it’s beautiful

    Time Out New York
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