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The Color Purple Broadway

The Color Purple Musical on Broadway NYC

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  • The Color Purple on Broadway was based on a novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
  • The Color Purple NYC was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones.
  • Was a Tony Award winner for Best Musical and ran from 2005 until 2008.

Show Info

Show Dates:
Dec. 1st, 2005 - Feb. 24th 2008

Broadway Theatre
1681 Broadway
New York, New York 10019
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The Color Purple Broadway was Based on the Original 1982 Novel

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Features: The Color Purple musical was the 2005 Tony Award nominated musical that was based on the 1982 novel by Alice Walker. It was produced by Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones, and debuted on Broadway witho stellar sales and reviews. The Color Purple on Broadway ran from December of 2005 until February of 2008 in the Broadway Theatre, where the production put on over 900 shows.

Why We Go: The Color Purple NYC was one of the most popular New York musicals of 2005, and it earned the awards to back up the claim.

  • Awards: While The Color Purple musical did not win any Tony Awards, it was nominated for many of them and won many awards in the 2006 Theatre World Awards and the 2008 NAACP Theatre Awards.
  • Shocking: The material in The Color Purple musical is very shocking, and closely emulates life for an African American woman in rural Georgia during the early 1900s.
  • Heart-Warming: The ending for The Color Purple musical has a tear-jerker of an ending that will warm your heart. The New York musical takes a 180 degree turn for Celie the protagonist in her life from bad to good.

Inside Knowledge: The original 1982 novel from Alice Walker also inspired a film adaptation, which was released in 1985. The 1985 film was directed by Steven Spielberg.

Do's and Don'ts:

  • Do Prepare for Waterworks: If you see The Color Purple musical on tour, then get ready for the tears to drop. This is a very, very difficult play to watch at points due to how powerful it is. It's a brilliant play, but be ready for the crying.
  • Do See it on Tour Near You: The Color Purple musical is a much better adaptation of the original novel than the film. We recommend seeing it over the film if you can, and if it goes on tour again.
  • Don't Bring the Kids: If you get a chance to see The Color Purple musical in the future, then be sure to leave the kids at home. A lot of this material is far from suitable for young children.
  • Don't Miss Driving Miss Daisy: Looking for a Broadway play that also touches on social issues in Georgia during the early to mid 1900s? Then check out Driving Miss Daisy on Broadway, which features an all-star cast and will have you laughing and crying.

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