The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 ·
The Armory

The Color Purple

Raise your voice. Make a joyful noise.

September 15 – October 28, 2018

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

“A miracle on Broadway; a glory to behold!” —The New York Times

From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller comes a powerful, Tony Award-winning musical with a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues. This stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie from the early to mid-20th century in the American south, as she journeys from childhood to womanhood, through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the true power of love and life. With a soul-rousing, Grammy-winning score, The Color Purple is an unforgettable and intensely moving American classic.

Tony Award, Best Revival of a Musical, 2016; Grammy Award, Best Musical Theater Album, 2017

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Run Time: 
Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes, including one intermission.  

Recommended for ages 14 and up. Contains strong language and adult themes. Children under 6 are not permitted at any production at The Armory.

The Color Purple

Previews Sep. 15–20 | Opening night Sep. 21
Based upon the novel by Alice Walker
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
Directed by Timothy Douglas
Music Direction by Darius Smith

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Reviews of "The Color Purple"

"You're rattled joyously to your marrow — and elevated to an uncharted level of hope. This is much more than a showstopping number. It's a moment of shared grace." - The Oregonian

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Beyond the Production: "The Color Purple"

Explore additional reading materials and get a behind-the-scenes look at the design elements of The Color Purple.

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From Page to Stage: "The Color Purple"

Explore Alice Walker's The Color Purple and the transformation from page to stage. 

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"The Color Purple" in Rehearsal

Check out photos of The Color Purple cast rehearsing the first number of Act II, "African Homeland."

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A Snapshot Look at Alice Walker's "The Color Purple"

From a bestselling novel to the Tony Award-winning musical adaptation, explore Alice Walker's The Color Purple.

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"The Color Purple" Cast and Creative Team

Meet the incredible cast and creative team behind The Color Purple. 

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