Oprah Winfrey Presents The Color Purple at the Ahmanson
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The last date listed for The Color Purple was Wednesday December 31, 2008 / 8:00pm.
Currently at Ahmanson Theatre:
- Full Price:
- $80.00 - $89.00
- Our Price:
- $40.00 - $44.50
Peter and the Starcatcher, the multiple Tony Award-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," is the swashbuckling, madcap prequel to Peter Pan. A dozen actors play more than 100 characters, combining their acting talent with ingenious stagecraft and an imaginative story to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up." The musical play takes a hilarious romp through the Neverland you never knew in an action-packed adventure that brings pirates, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), Peter and the Starcatcher boasts an all-star creative team and weaves an enchanting tale that appeals to both adults and kids. Learn More
Reviews & Ratings
Featured review from Sam
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Some very catchy songs with good harmony, excellent background performers (The 3 women who played the 'hens' were hilarious) and a memorable performance for the character of Sophia. The production design was also quite good, particularly in the area of lighting-watch the cyclorama for some fun effects. Otherwise the show was somewhat lackluster, with words being lost during songs, some weak performers (especially Sug Avery who's voice simply couldn't compare with some of the stalwarts she was standing next to) and a dance sequence at the beginning of act 2 that started out ok but grew so long and laborious as to seem plain contrived, all the while failing to further the story in any significant way. I also could have done without the very audible disgust being issued from the narrow-minded patron to my left during what was a very touching and emotionally charged scene, where Celie discovers love for the first time, but I guess even LA has its fair share of small minds. If only those small minds knew how to be more considerate of the people sitting around them, but apparently even a $50 theatre ticket wont get you that kind of respect.
Quotes & Highlights
- See a video featuring footage from Opening Night and photos of the show.
The story begins in rural Georgia in 1909 when 14-year-old Celie, pregnant for the second time, plays a clapping game with her beloved sister Nettie. After she gives birth, her father takes the baby from her and tells her not to tell anybody except God what happened. A few years later, her father sells her into marriage to a local farmer, Mister. Later, Nettie takes refuge from her father with Celie and Mister, only to be attacked by Mister, who then throws her out and forbids the sisters ever to communicate again.
Mister's son, Harpo, grows up and soon brings home Sofia, a proud and strong-willed woman. Mister tells Harpo to beat Sofia to get her to obey, but Sofia is victorious in beating Harpo instead. Sofia's sisters arrive to take her away, and she tries to get Celie to come with her, but she won't. Harpo turns his home into a juke joint and hires a new waitress, Squeak, to work there, and she soon moves in with Harpo.
The whole town prepares for the arrival of Shug Avery, a sexy singer who is Mister's longtime lover. But when Shug arrives, she is in such bad shape that he brings her home where Celie nurses her back to health. Celie and Shug develop love for each other. When Shug sings at Harpo's Juke Joint, Sofia returns with her new boyfriend and gets into a fight with Squeak. Shug gives Celie a letter she found from "someone in Africa, goin' by the stamps." Celie recognizes Nettie's handwriting and knows instantly that her beloved sister is alive.
Celie discovers the rest of the numerous letters that Mister has hidden over the years, and learns that Nettie traveled to Africa with the missionary family that also adopted Celie’s babies, and that they are now residing in an African refugee camp.
Meanwhile, in Georgia, Sofia has been beaten and thrown into jail for punching the mayor, and Sophia has to serve out her sentence in the custody of the Mayor’s wife. Twelve years later, Sofia and Shug both return home for Easter. Shug invites Celie to come live with her and her new husband in Memphis.
Celie tells Mister that she is leaving. Squeak is off to Memphis also, stating that she wants to sing. Harpo defends her choice to his father, and long after they leave, he invites Sofia to come back and live at the Juke Joint, reconciling with her in the process. Soon, Mister is drunk nearly all of the time, and is shunned by everyone.
At Shug’s house in Memphis, Celie discovers that she has a natural gift for making pants. When she inherits the house she once lived and grew up in, she goes home and starts a business selling her unique designs. Mister changes his ways and tries to help Sofia’s sickly youngest child Henrietta. Then he locates Nettie, who is having some difficulty getting home from Africa. He works with Shug to arrange for a reunion.