There’s Nothing So Beautiful as “The Color Purple” on Stage

My birthday week is off to a fantabulous start!

Last night, I had the pleasure of attending opening night for “The Color Purple” musical at The Fabulous Fox Theatre.  As one of the major pioneers in the movie-to-musical adaptation trend, I definitely had high hopes for this one.  I mean… it’s won Tonys AND Grammys for heaven’s sake. The only thing that could screw up my first time ever seeing this production would be a terrible touring cast.
(Y’all know I’m critical… I’m a Broadway Snob, remember?)

I am very pleased to say that the cast that lit up Atlanta’s stage is nothing short of astounding! 

Okay… before I go any further, I have a disclaimer… (and I know I may catch a tiny bit of heat for this)

A large percentage of my friends and family members LOVE film version of The Color Purple.  I do not share their level of adoration.  It is a very good film, for sure… with some very memorable scenes and quotes we look forward to working into everyday conversations. But is it on my list of films I can watch over and over and over? No.  Which made me not feel the need to rush out and see it on stage when it initially debuted a decade or so ago.

Well, I have to say that the stage version made me appreciate the film so much more!

Adrianna Hicks (Celie), N'Jameh Camara (Nettie) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple, photo by Matthew Murphy
Carrie Compere (Sofia) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple, photo by Matthew Murphy
Carla R. Stewart (Shug Avery) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple, photo by Matthew Murphy
Adrianna Hicks (Celie) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple, photo by Matthew Murphy
Adrianna Hicks (Celie) & the North American tour cast of The Color Purple photo by Matthew Murphy

If you are one of those folks who has that “I can watch it over and over and over” feeling about the movie, then you will develop a stalker-like obsession for the musical! Everything you love about The Color Purple (particularly the quotes) is beautifully amplified a thousand-fold through music and lyrics that stir the soul.

Adrianna Hicks’ magnificent portrayal of Celie will keep your eyes moist for the duration.  When she belt’s out “I’m poor, I’m black, I may even be ugly, but I AM HERE!” every fabric of your being will shake with spirit.

And, good LORD, Carrie Compere killed it as Sofia! I mean KILLED IT! You know it is on when she starts off the song “Hell No!” with “All my life I had to fight!” A beautiful and powerful ballad that all women should adopt as an anthem.

The entire cast is just amazing! To the point of me wanting THEIR version of the soundtrack and not the original cast recording. Seriously. Not exaggerating here.

Whether or not you are a fan of The Color Purple, I highly recommend getting a little of this in your life.  If you are in the Atlanta area this week and looking for something awesome to do, it will be at The Fabulous Fox Theatre through October 29, 2017.  Not in the ATL, find it in a city near you!

Special thanks to BRAVE Public Relations and Broadway Atlanta for giving me this opportunity.

 

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