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The Color Purple: The Musical About LoveThe Color Purple: The Musical About Love

The Color PurpleThe Musical About Love.

The Phoenix team was elated to have reunited the original Broadway team that includes Director Gary Griffin, Choreographer Donald Byrd, Scenic Designer John Lee Beatty, Costume Designer Paul Tazewell and Lighting Designer Brian MacDevitt to craft a fresh new take on this soul-stirring musical based on the classic Pulitzer-Prize winning novel by Alice Walker.

Critics have called THE COLOR PURPLE “a roof-raising story of triumph” and “one of the most uplifting and thrilling nights spent in any theatre.” The Phoenix Entertainment tour launched its first season on the road at Omaha’s fabulous Orpheum Theatre on March 16th, 2010 to glowing reviews. THE COLOR PURPLE played another amazing chapter through the heartland of America in 2011-2012, including the grand opening of the all new Smith Center for the Performing Arts in Las Vegas where critics and crowds alike marveled at this once in a lifetime production.

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Creative and Cast

  • Book by:Marsha Norman
  • Music & Lyrics by: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray
  • Produced by: Phoenix Entertainment
  • Director: Gary Griffin
  • Choreographer: Donald Byrd
  • Musical Director: Jasper Grant
  • Scenic Design: John Lee Beatty
  • Lighting Design: Brian MacDevitt
  • Costume Design: Paul Tazewell
  • Sound Design: Craig Cassidy
  • Celie: Dayna Jarae Dantzler
  • Nettie: Traci Allen
  • Church Soloist: Kadejah One
  • Church Lady (Doris): Nesha Ward
  • Church Lady (Darlene): Virlinda Stanton
  • Church Lady (Jarene): Deaun Parker
  • Preacher/Ol Mister: Phillip Brandon
  • Pa: Mark Anthony Hall
  • Mister: Edward C. Smith
  • Harpo: Lee Edward Colston II
  • Sofia: Pam Trotter
  • Squeak: Allison Semmes
  • Shug Avery: Taprena Augustine
  • Grady/Buster : Keith Adams
  • Daisy: Melanie Gaskins
  • Bobby: Keyon Powers
  • Olivia: Melana L. Lloyd
  • Adam: Julius C. Carter

Ensemble: Keith Adams, Clotile Bonet, Julius C. Carter, Allyson Kaye Daniels, Tracie Franklin, Melanie L. Gaskins, Mark Anthony Hall, Donald Jones Jr., Melana L. Lloyd, Christa Oliver, Keyon Powers, Christopher Sams, Ashley Ware

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