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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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