Tag Archives | The Color Purple

British Theatre Academy to stage musical double at the Ambassadors Theatre

The British Theatre Academy is lining up youth productions of Neil Bartram and Brian Hill’s The Adventures of Pinocchio and Jason Robert Brown’s 13 The Musical to play London’s Ambassadors Theatre this summer. Following on from the success of previous BTA summer shows, The Secret Garden at the Ambassadors last year and Annie Jr at the […]

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The Color Purple in Concert – Cadogan Hall

The Color Purple in Concert was performed at the Cadogan Hall, London. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ There are some musicals which grow in stature the more they get stripped back. The Color Purple is one such musical. The recent Broadway revival – a transfer of the Menier Chocolate Factory’s 2013 […]

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The Color Purple – all-star cast to perform in one-off concert

An all-star West End cast will perform one night only concert version of The Color Purple at London’s Cadogan Hall on Sunday 21 May. The Color Purple tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The […]

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The Color Purple sets Broadway closing

The Tony Award-winning revival of The Color Purple will join the New Year exodus of Broadway musicals, setting a closing date of 8 January. With its final finale, the Broadway mounting, which opened last December, will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances. The show was a transplant of director John Doyle’s searing reworking, […]

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Jennifer Holliday to join The Color Purple on Broadway

The original Dreamgirls showstopper, Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday, is heading back to Broadway to join the cast of The Color Purple. Holliday, the actress whose powerhouse performance as Effie White in the original production of Dreamgirls is the stuff of Broadway legend, will step into the role of Shug Avery in the Menier Chocolate Factory production […]

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Hamilton dominates the Tony Awards (plus win for Color Purple’s Cynthia Erivo)

It was, as expected, a landslide, though not a record-breaker, for Hamilton, as the Tony Awards were doled out Sunday night in New York, celebrating the 2015/16 Broadway season. The hip-hop history-lesson blockbuster, centring on Alexander Hamilton and his relationships with the other founding fathers of America, captured 11 of the coveted statuettes, climaxed with […]

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Cynthia Erivo wins Drama Desk Award for The Color Purple on Broadway

British singer actress Cynthia Erivo has collected a prestigious Drama Desk Award for her performance in the Broadway transfer of The Color Purple. The Londoner first played the role of Celie Harris in the Menier Chocolate Factory production in 2013. Following her Broadway debut in the transfer of the show last year, she has won the […]

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Hamilton receives a record-breaking 16 Tony nominations

Why don’t they just call them the Hamiltons? The Tony Award nominations for the 2015-16 Broadway season were announced today (Tuesday) and a record-breaking 16 of them went to the blockbuster Hamilton, which delivers a hip-hop look at Alexander Hamilton and the other founding fathers of the United States. The count beats the previous record […]

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The Color Purple – Bernard B Jacobs Theatre, New York

  The Color Purple continues at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, New York. Star rating: five stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ Director John Doyle’s wondrous redo of The Color Purple may be minimalist, but it’s drenched in emotion. At the same time, he has gloriously amped up this Broadway musical’s power as a feminist […]

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From Lloyd Webber to Fiddler – what Broadway has to offer during the next season

If  yet another production of the ever-beloved Fiddler On the Roof doesn’t exactly set you tingling with anticipation, how about a fresh-off-the-page Andrew Lloyd Webber rockfest? At any rate, such endeavours are both part of the upcoming fall schedule on Broadway, which is brimming over with musical openings, a mix of revivals and brand new […]

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Interview – composer Scott Alan reunites with Cynthia Erivo at the London Festival of Cabaret

New York-based composer Scott Alan (Home; Dreaming Wide Awake) and Broadway-bound actress and singer Cynthia Erivo (The Color Purple; I Can’t Sing!) will join forces for Home Again, three special concerts (4–6 May) at the St James Studio, London as part of the London Festival of Cabaret 2015 (28 April to 11 May). Audiences can expect to hear Erivo […]

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Cynthia Erivo – Hear My Soul – Kings Place, London

Cynthia Erivo performed her show Hear My Soul at Kings Place, London. Star rating: 5 stars ★ ★ ★ ★ ★ If proof were needed that Cynthia Erivo is a major force to be reckoned with (and it’s not needed, as far as I’m concerned), it was delivered in spades at the beautiful – if acoustically a bit dry – […]

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