The stage production of The Color Purple truly brings the Deep South to life. The most notable quality of this musical is one of detail. The carefully choreographed scenes of dance and the bold sounds of the sassy Juke Joint singing of Shug Avery (Carla R. Stewart) are just some of the most memorable scenes.
The performances of the gutsy Shug Avery and the rebellious daughter-in-law Sofia (Carrie Compere) provide the much-needed support to the downtrodden Celie (Adrianna Hicks) that gives her the courage to leave a loveless marriage and try to overcome the incest, violence, and racism to find her self worth and explore life on her own.
This musical stage adaptation of The Color Purple is sensational and comes from the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, that was brought to the big screen in 1985 by Steven Spielberg. The story takes us 40-years in the life of a family in rural Georgia. At its center is fourteen-year-old Celie. When she’s forced by her abusive father to marry a cruel farmer, called “Mister,” she is separated from all that she loves. Ultimately, Celie conquers the odds to find her voice and her strength, coming into her own. This production celebrates the healing power of love and the importance of a zest for life.
We truly have a gem in Broadway in Atlanta for bringing these types of quality Broadway shows to the city. Even for people who aren’t familiar with the story or have never seen the movie (starring Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey) you will still be able to enjoy this colorful classic.
I give The Color Purple an 8.5 out of 10. If it wasn’t a part of your plans this week then you should definitely make it. There are two performances on Saturday and Sunday and this production does indeed offer student rush tickets. Student Rush Tickets are available for $30 and all you need to do is show up two hours prior to your chosen performance and provide valid college ID (limit is two tickets per student ID). Atlanta’s Fox Theatre plays host from October 24 – October 29. The performance schedule is below:
Tuesday-Thursday 7:30 p.m.
Friday 8 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m., 8 p.m.
Sunday 1 p.m., 6:30 p.m.
For more information, visit broadwayinatlanta.com.
Photo: Matthew Murphy