The Color Purple Comes to The National Theatre
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The last date listed for The Color Purple was Sunday April 24, 2011 / 7:30pm.
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The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won the 2012 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Now it's going on the road with members of the Broadway cast, a 23-piece orchestra and new interpretations of legendary songs from the original Porgy and Bess, like "Summertime," "It Ain't Necessarily So," and "I Got Plenty of Nothing." Porgy and Bess debuted in 1935 as a groundbreaking opera starring an entire cast of classically trained African-American singers performing the classical, jazz and folk music of George and Ira Gershwin. Now, the stirring tale of African-American life in South Carolina's fictional Catfish Row has been transformed into a modern musical by a powerhouse Broadway team: Tony Award-winning director Diane Paulus (Pippin, Hair), Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog), and two-time Obie Award-winning composer Diedre L. Murray (Running Man). Learn More
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Featured review from Gary
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great production with solid and convincing performances from the entire cast. This was a well-staged show--all around. Some of the subject material was a bit coarse, so I'd not recommend the show for children. I was seated behind an exceptionally tall woman with a sizeable hairdo so my view was definitely obstructed given the relatively flat seating of the main floor. Fortunately there were seats on the side open so I moved over just as the show started.
Quotes & Highlights
When producer Scott Sanders first hatched the notion of turning The Color Purple into a Broadway show, naysayers had a field day. Sure, the material was rich: Alice Walker’s novel was without question ensconced in the American literary canon – it’s a Pulitzer Prize and National Book Award winner, has sold more than five million copies, and is to this day among the top five most reread books in America...
But some skeptics wondered how musical theater would treat a story arc that spanned four decades and dealt with issues of infanticide, domestic violence, racial oppression, and spiritual crisis. Others felt that Steven Spielberg’s 1985 cinematic adaptation – with memorable performances by Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey – would overshadow any other attempts at dramatization.
What Scott Sanders knew – and what kept him going through the eight years it took to secure permissions, backing, and a creative team that could produce a show that honored the material – was that music is a way to express emotions that transcend words, and that the message, the heartbeat of Walker’s story (much of it rooted in her own family history), sang.
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