The Color Purple
Raise your voice. Make a joyful noise.
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
“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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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.
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Evenings: Tuesdays – Sundays at 7:30 p.m.*
Matinees: Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m., Thursdays at noon*
*Schedule may vary for some shows. Please check our season calendar to confirm.
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"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
Celebrate The Color Purple with a pre-show Happy Hour hosted by the Urban League of Portland Young Professionals and learn how they empower communities and change lives through the Urban League Movement.
Get down with members of the cast of The Color Purple as they turn the lobby of The Armory into an juke joint full of familiar tunes, original music and spoken word.
Explore African dance with The Color Purple cast member and dance captain, Neil Totton. All levels welcome!
Explore additional reading materials and get a behind-the-scenes look at the design elements of The Color Purple.
Explore Alice Walker's The Color Purple and the transformation from page to stage.