The Color Purple

April 9 - June 2, 2019

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment motion picture

Book by Marsha Norman

Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray

The Color Purple was produced on Broadway at the Broadway theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of The Color Purple was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.”

An unforgettable story of hope and the healing power of love.

An inspiring family saga telling the story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, this musical features a joyous score containing jazz, ragtime, gospel, rhythm and blues.

Follow the journey of Celie, a downtrodden young woman, whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story.

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NOTE: For this performance, the role of Nettie, usually played by Samantha Walkes, will be performed by Deborah Castrilli. The role of Squeak and other roles usually played by Deborah Castrilli, will be performed by Ruthie Nkut.

Audience Reviews

From the Rehearsal Hall


Ryan Allen
Andrew Broderick
Karen Burthwright
Shug Avery
Deborah Castrilli
Squeak / Ensemble / US Nettie
Janelle Cooper
Lyris Daye
Church Soloist / Olivia / Ensemble
Beau Dixon
Preacher/ Ol’ Mister / Ensemble
Keisha T. Fraser
Church Lady / Ensemble / US Sofia
Tara Jackson
Masini McDermott
Church Lady/Ensemble
Sarah Nairne
Church Lady/Ensemble
Ruthie Nkut
David Andrew Reid
Ensemble / Dance Captain / US Harpo
Jacob Sampson
Ensemble / Fight Captain / US Mister
Jeremiah Sparks
Samantha Walkes
Nettie / Ensemble / US Celie
Tenaj Williams
Grady / Ensemble / US Pa

Creative Team

Kimberley Rampersad
Sean Mayes
Music Director
Tamara Marie Kucheran
Set and Costume Designer
Leigh Ann Vardy
Lighting Designer
Miquelon Rodriguez
Sound Designer
Karen Bassett
Fight Director
Assistant Director (Chrysalis)
Sarah Richardson
Assistant Music Director (Chrysalis)
Alison Crosby
Assistant Lighting Designer (Chrysalis)
June Zinck
Assistant Sound Designer (Chrysalis)

Fountain Hall

Show Times:
Tuesday to Friday - 7:30 pm
Saturday and Sunday - 2 pm & 7:30 pm

Key Dates:
April 12 - Opening Night
April 16 - Industry Night
April 17 - Talkback Night
May 19 - Sensory-Friendly Performance
May 28 - Pay What You Can

*Please Note: there are no evening performances on April 28, May 5 and May 12


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