By Elaine Hegwood Bowen, M.S.J.
Broadway In Chicago and the producers of the Tony Award-winning revival of “The Color Purple,” the truly remarkable musical adapted of Alice Walker’s best-selling novel, are delighted to announce that individual tickets for “The Color Purple” are now on sale. Broadway In Chicago presents “The Color Purple,” directed by Tony winner John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd” and “The Color Purple”), at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.) for a limited two-week engagement July 17 – 29, 2018.
Cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival lead the touring company, including Adrianna Hicks (“Aladdin,” “ Sister Act” – Germany) as Celie; Carla R. Stewart(“Ghost” – National Tour, “Rent” – Regional) as Shug Avery and Carrie Compere (“Holler If You Hear Me,” “Shrek the Musical” – National Tour) as Sofia.
Hicks is beyond thrilled to be playing Celie in her first national tour of “The Color Purple.”
She would like to thank and dedicate this experience to her family, friends, and professors for their undying love and support. Proverbs 16:3.
Hicks and other cast members will be joined by Gavin Gregory (“The Color Purple” – Revival, “The Gershwins’ Porgy & Bess”) as Mister; N’Jameh Camara (“X: Or, Betty Shabazz v. The Nation”) as Nettie; J. Daughtry (“The Color Purple” – Revival, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”) as Harpo, along with Darnell Abraham, Amar Atkins, Kyle E. Baird, Angela Birchett, Jared Dixon, Erica Durham, Bianca Horn, Gabrielle Reid, C.E. Smith, Clyde Voce, Nyla Watson, J.D. Webster, Brit West, Nikisha Williams and Michael Wordly.
Based on the Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, “The Color Purple” is adapted for the stage by Tony- and Pulitzer-winner Marsha Norman with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Tony Award®-winning director and scenic designer John Doyle (“Sweeney Todd,” “Company”) recreates his award winning work for the national tour, alongside costumes by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting by Jane Cox, sound by Dan Moses Schreier and wig & hair design by Charles G. LaPointe.
The revival of “The Color Purple” opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. “The Color Purple” went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®. “The Color Purple” played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.
The North American tour is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Troika Entertainment, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Adam Blanshay Productions, Tanya Link Productions, Jam Theatricals, Independent Presenters Network and Carol Fineman.
Individual tickets for “The Color Purple” at the Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University (50 E. Congress Pkwy.) range from $27 to $100 with a select number of premium seats available. Tickets are available now for groups of 10 or more by calling Broadway In Chicago Group Sales at (312) 977-1710. Tickets are available at all Broadway In Chicago Box Offices (24 W. Randolph St., 151 W. Randolph St., 18 W. Monroe St. and 175 E. Chestnut), the Broadway In Chicago Ticket Line at (800) 775-2000and online at www.BroadwayInChicago.com. For more information, please visit www.colorpurple.com.