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10298 Star Starred
Ahmanson Theatre
at the Music Center 135 North Grand Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90012
213-972-0711
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taco stand and a small cafe outside. snacks and drinks inside.
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Ryan Booth
The weather was night. I wore slacks and a shirt.
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Reviews & Ratings

709 ratings
4.6 average rating
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2 reviews
4 stars
attended Jan 09 2008

I read the book when it was first published, and saw the movie premiere. The musical did not disappointment me...FANTASTIC music and costumes. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this play.

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1 review
0 stars
attended Dec 31 2007

This was probably the best performance I have ever seen! Absolutely loved it and highly recommend it. Having never read the book or seen the movie, I had no idea what to expect. Everything from the actors to the clothing were exceptional! GO...continued

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4 reviews
0 stars
attended Jan 10 2008

It was an exceptional performance. Their voices were beautiful. I only wished they would have inclued the songs: "Sista", and "God's trying to tell you something". With the voices on stage, these would have made my rating a 4 star.

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Description

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.