I remember the first time I read Alice Walker’s The Color Purple. It was both heartbreaking and beautiful, sort of like a song that speaks directly to your heart. When I heard they were making it into a musical, it seemed only fitting. The tour of The Color Purple is now in Boston and we were offered tickets for review. We’ve also got a discount code to share with all of you. I had a chance to see and I LOVED it. Honestly, if I had time, I’d have gone back to see it again. Instead I’ve had to make due with listening to the Broadway Cast Recording on repeat.
Here’s just a bit about The Color Purple National Tour:
Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin
Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by Tony- and
Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and
Stephen Bray. Tony Award ® -winning director and scenic designer John Doyle (Sweeney Todd,
Company) recreates his award winning work for the national tour, alongside costumes by Ann
Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox, sound by Dan Moses Schreier and wig and hair design by
Charles G. LaPointe.
The Color Purple won two Tony Awards in 2016, including Best Revival of a Musical. The tour includes several cast members from that Broadway revival, including Adrianna Hicks as Celie, Carla R. Stewart as Shug Avery, and Carrie Compere as Sofia.
The Color Purple Review
The first thing I need to say is that this is not a show for children. They won’t allow children under the age of 8, but I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 14 or so. You know your kids best, but there are a lot of mature themes – perceived incest, rape, physical and verbal abuse, overt sexuality, etc. And chances are if that’s going over their head, the whole story will be lost on them because all of that is important to the story line.
Now that I’ve got that out of the way… See this show. The music is wonderful… blues, gospel, and more. It’s the sort of music that makes you want to get up and dance or clap your hands. The story is incredibly sad and yet so inspiring. The messages are beautiful and relevant to us even today.
The Color Purple is a story about family, faith, love, and being true to yourself. It’s about enduring love and redemption. As we head into the holiday season, these are the messages we should remember. The Color Purple won’t let you forget.
The Color Purple Tickets and Discount
The Color Purple is at the Shubert Theater from November 21-December 3, 2017.
For tickets: 866-348- 9738, www.bochcenter.org
SAVE 20% on tickets to see THE COLOR PURPLE at the Shubert Theatre! Visit http://bochcenter.org/
Disclosure: We received a pair of tickets to help with our review. There was no additional compensation provided. All opinions are our own.