Full Casting Announced for Color Purple Revival
Another musical revival, re-envisioned, is heading to Broadway this season! The Color Purple, which debuted a decade ago, will return following a highly acclaimed run across the pond in London! While we’ve known who will lead this spectacular musical’s return to Broadway, now we’ve found out who will support them! Today, Luner on Theatre brings you the exciting news of the full casting for The Color Purple revival heading to Broadway!
The Color Purple is a musical that features music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray with a book by Marsha Norman. The musical tells the story of 14 year of Celie who must overcome violence and danger within her own family. Taking place over the course of 40 years, the musical celebrates life, the power of heeling, strength and finding one’s voice as Celie works to conquer all that has overpowered her from her past.
The Color Purple is set to begin previews November 10th, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre before officially opening December 10th. The musical returns to Broadway following a highly acclaimed international production, the very first one, at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory in 2013. John Doyle is set to bring his paired-down vision to Broadway with the revival. The musical debuted on Broadway in 2005 at The Broadway Theatre. The show ran for just under three years, closing February 24th, 2008, having played 30 previews and 910 regular performances. It’s original investment was $11 million dollars which the production recouped within the first year. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards for the 2005-06 season.
Leading the production’s return to Broadway will be Grammy, Academy and Golden Globe winner Jennifer Hudson (Pictured Above) as Shug, Cynthia Erivo (Pictured Left) as Celie and “Orange Is The New Black” star Danielle Brooks as Sofia. Joining these leading ladies will be Isaiah Johnson as Mister, Joaquina Kalukango as Nettie and Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo. All three leading women are making their Broadway debut with the production. The ensemble includes Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson and Rema Webb.
On Broadway, The Color Purple is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Independent Presenters Network.
As mentioned above, John Doyle (Pictured Right) is set to direct The Color Purple bringing his work from London to the Broadway stage. The rest of the creative team includes Doyle as scenic designer, Ann Hould-Ward as costume designer, Jane Cox as lighting designer, Gregory Clarke as sound design and Charles G. LaPointe as hair/wig designer. Catherine Jayes will provide music supervision with Jason Michael Webb working as musical director. Telsey + Company/Justin Huff, CSA provide casting.
I am very excited about the return of The Color Purple to Broadway this season! I was not lucky enough to see this show during it’s debut (Pictured Left) on Broadway so I am hoping to see the production in person this time. I recall hearing about John Doyle’s highly acclaimed work on this show when it premiered in London two years ago. Re-envisioned productions for musicals that started out larger than life, much like this one, has become a common trend for Broadway. However, in many cases it has proved itself! I believe a paired-down version of this show will allow audiences to focus on the story while still enjoying a genuine and inventive scenic design that will fill the theatre. Doyle re-envisioned both Company and Sweeney Todd for Broadway with actor’s using instruments alongside their performances in those productions so his work for re-working musicals is known. I look forward to seeing Doyle’s work in person on Color Purple.
Luner on Theatre will keep you updated as The Color Purple returns to Broadway this season! More news, information and images will hit our blog as soon as hey become available to us! Until then, stay tuned and get ready for another musical revival hitting Broadway this season! For more information, visit The Color Purple’s Official Website, Facebook Page or Twitter. (Copyright Note;Unless noted, we do not own/claim ownership for any photos used in this post) And of course, check out the rest of Luner on Theatre for all your theatre news you don’t only need but want to know and so much more!