Venue Details

137 Star Starred
The National Theatre
Between 13th St NW and 14th St NW 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20004
202-628-6161
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Casual
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Get the soundtrack
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Ample parking so drive or take the Metro
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There is a food court on 13th and F
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Business casual
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Parking lot or metro close by. Street parking available as well.
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Reviews & Ratings

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4.6 average rating
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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 14 2011

Ok, first and foremost, huge KUDOS to Goldstar.com. Not only were our seats AWESOME (Row N, Center Orchestra), but my friends and I completed 4 seperate transactions... continued

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19 reviews
26 stars
attended Apr 22 2011

I admit I wasn't sure what to expect of this musical, and went in with a skeptic's view. After watching this show, listening to the powerful and soulful voices, and... continued

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7 reviews
1 stars
attended Apr 15 2011

Great seats to a great play! The audience was maybe half full which is such a surprise for this great rendition.

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Quotes & Highlights

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Description

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.

About the Ticket Supplier: The National Theatre - Telecharge.com

Managed by the Shubert Organization/Telecharge, The National Theatre — “The Theatre of Presidents” — has operated at the same location three blocks from The White House since 1835. The mission of the National Theatre Corporation is to keep this historic National Theatre operating, with top-quality live stage attractions. Additionally, through their outreach efforts, they bring free programs and other services to the public.