Venue Details

The National Theatre
Between 13th St NW and 14th St NW 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20004
202-628-6161
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4.6 / 5 Rated by 71 members
Review from GoldStar Member
Red Velvet 103 events 24 reviews

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 drinking in the sets and dancing - I'm a believer! Excellent production! I would...continued

reviewed Apr 22 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from Ttdc1026
Red Velvet 26 events 6 reviews

A very uplifting musical, despite the difficult subject content (child abuse, spouse abuse) Good cast with strong voices. Would highly recommend.

reviewed Apr 15 2011 report as inappropriate
Review from paula
19 events 11 reviews

Enjoyed the show very much - good voices, lively, everyone very professional.

reviewed Apr 21 2011 report as inappropriate
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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.

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