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The National Theatre
Between 13th St NW and 14th St NW 1321 Pennsylvania Avenue Washington, DC 20004
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"The Color Purple"
71 ratings
4.6 average rating
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3 reviews
3 stars
attended Apr 14 2011

Ok, first and foremost, huge KUDOS to Not only were our seats AWESOME (Row N, Center Orchestra), but my friends and I completed 4 seperate transactions using the link provided, and we were seat together with no problems or...continued

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

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8 reviews
27 stars
attended Apr 17 2011

The singing and dancing was awesome. The cast were all very talented. The seats were great, I don't remember the last time I had better. We even got a parking spot right outside the theatre.

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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.