The Color Purple was written by Alice Walker in 1982. The following year it won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. In 1985, Spielberg directed a film version starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey. In 2005, the musical version first appeared on Broadway and earned eleven Tony Award nominations. In 2016, it returned and won the Tony for Best Musical Revival. And now, in July of 2018, it graces the stage at The Auditorium Theatre in Chicago.
The Color Purple is the story of Celie, a young black woman in Georgia in the early 1900s. She is given away by her father to be married to Mister. He beats her and treats her very badly. When her sister comes to stay with them, he makes a move on her in a very aggressive manner. It’s a very dire situation that Celie struggles to escape.
The entire cast does an excellent job singing all the great songs. Carla R. Stewart is fierce as the sexual Shug Avery, who turns all the men’s heads when she enters a room. Carrie Compere is passionate as Sofia, another very strong female role. Gavin Gregory tackles the difficult role of playing the unlikable Mister with talent. Lastly, Adrianna Hicks is splendid as Celie who truly comes of age in this production.
Get tickets now for The Color Purple through July 29th!