Broadway Global shares an exclusive on The Color Purple from original cast members and an important message to all Broadway investors from Broadway Global. Today as Broadway Global announces Oprah’s nomination this season for 2016 Broadway Global Producer of the Year, we as arts supporters must stress an important message to all arts investors, and yes even Oprah Winfrey! “More opportunities for directors, choreographers and production teams of every ethnicity must be included when producing stories that spotlight specific cultures. Please send that strong message directly to @Oprah on Twitter! Just as you vote for a President of the United States or your country, we must know that Broadway arts investors have the power to influence the globe. Please hashtag your tweets with #TheatreChat and #BroadwayGlobal as we would love to spotlight your comments in our next examiner exclusive.” USA Theatre Chat.
The best reviews of revivals come directly from the Original Broadway Cast themselves. It is not a competition on who had the best acting beats, sings the best in the roles, or even creates the best sets or concept! The Color Purple is the star! Even the original cast gets this. The art piece itself and its important message is the reason The Color Purple should be shared globally. Krisha Marcano (Motown) Broadway’s Original Squeak shared her exclusive with Broadway Global, “I loved it! The material is timeless, so it will always great. My friend Grasan was in the original. Patrice Covington and Grasan Kingsberry were both on the Motown tour with me and were wonderful. Patrice was Squeak, and it was a pleasure and a blessing to see her in the Color Purple.”
The success of Broadway’s original Color Purple cast members also includes Angela Robinson who now stars in Oprah’s Own Network The Haves and Have Nots. The best reviews for any productions can be heard from those who originated the roles in the very first Broadway productions. “The story of The Color Purple will never be out dated. The story of love, perseverance, long suffering, answered prayer, and finding ones own voice. This is a universal story that gives me joy every time it’s done. When I see a production of Purple is opening any where in the world, I’m excited because more people get to feel the love. The story is bigger than the show, the story is the main attraction every time.” Angela Robinson.
Lucky I had seen Fantasia in the first Broadway production of The Color Purple, Directed by Gary Griffin. At the time I was very discouraged that a show about black culture was not given to a black director or black choreographer. Gary Griffin is a gifted, creditable, creative Director as well as The Color Purple current revival director John Doyle. The art on stage must be more important than the politics of producing or investeing in Broadway or global productions! The Color Purple is a must see, but the following message is for all Broadway and regional thetare investors! The opportunity for sharing this powerful story should have been given to one of the handful of black director/choreographers that still struggle for Broadway directorial opportunities. There are enough opportunities for white male directors on Broadway! The time has come to embrace all directors/choreographers and production teams that include the ethnicity that the piece is inspired by, especially when the art reflects specific cultures!
Color Purple music, story and stars are its’ success today. The current leads offer powerful performances, many vocally out shinning past productions. Broadway Global shares exclusive reviews from past original cast members because The Color Purple joins a very small list of Broadway productions that reflects true life. The same issues women face today are relevant in Color Purple. A recent review of Dames At Sea shares why a musical with just pure entertainment is still effective and important to our society. Excepting the value of pure entertainment we must also continue to create “new works” or bring back “iconic revivals” that share global society issues. A revival of The Color Purple is just as important upcoming Miss Saigon revival or past ground breaking new works like The Scottsborro Boys. Take note, we as the paying consumer of arts must strongly remind our live stage investors that directors/choreographers and even production teams must include opportunities for every ethnicity!
Cynthia Erivo (Celie) gives the outstanding performance from any Best Actress in a Musical this Tony Award season. Her performance alone is reason to witness The Color Purple as soon as you can secure a seat. Danielle Brooks (Sofia) phrasing is masterful, her vocal dynamics chilling, and acting chops rival Tony nominated Felicia Fields. Don’t get me wrong Felicia originated the role and set the bar on Broadway, after an Oscar award performance from Oprah herself in the film. Felicia’s original performance is secured in Broadway history with those select few productions like Jennifer Holiday in Dreamgirls!
Casting The Color Purple and musicals like Dreamgirls prove if you have amazing talents they all can shine in roles that we may see as “Jennifer Holiday Dreamgirls performances” which still rivals Broadway history. It is ironic that Jennifer’s role in Dreamgirls was shared with our society through Jennifer Hudson Oscar winning film performance. Now, Jennifer Hudson‘s debut on Broadway is a perfect performance in The Color Purple and will assist box office records, while sharing one of the most important musicals ever written.
“The Color Purple current box office selling star Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery) should sell out! Jennifer won her Oscar staring in Jennifer Holiday’s iconic role in Dreamgirls, in the movie version. Now Jennifer makes her Broadway debut playing the role Angela Robinson played on Broadway and National tour. The lead roles in The Color Purple are powerful women, all who must sing and act! Jennifer’s Oscar Award winning performance may be the reason The Color Purple Broadway box office will reap rewards.., but it’s three current stars Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Danielle Brooks (Sofia) and Patrice Covington (Squeak) that offer musical theatre lovers “must see performances” of their lifetime. Broadway Global.
It is important to share the review from a dear friend who joined me at The Color Purple. It just happened to be her first time to see a Broadway production. “Seeing the Color Purple was my first Broadway play. All in all it triggered every sense of me and while making me laugh. As a young colored woman attempting to make my mark on the world it gave me inspiration. Motivation kicked into gear when I read I’M HERE on a shirt, I quickly purchased one for myself and one for my daughter who is in College. The musical has its’ own existence and is no comparison to the movie, they each amazingly stand on their own.” Okima Bryant.
Anyone who doesn’t understand why The Color Purple should be back on Broadway has no idea how strong the message is of this brilliant timeless story! Should it be nominated for a Tony Award for Best Revival? Absolutely! Should male leads and female leads be nominated for Tony Awards? Definitely! Today Oprah herself has been nominated for Broadway Global Producer of the Year! This Broadway season her investment in The Color Purple once again places her name with a select few, arts investors that continue to leave a legacy for arts!
Past Broadway Global Producer of the Year (BGPOY) winners include one of Broadway youngest producers Jordan Scott Gilbert (Ghost). Jordan put a youthful face to bringing Broadway investors to arts. Dale Badway (Pippin) continued a youthful face to investments as well as his Emmy Award winning credentials. Tom Kirdahy (It’s Only A Play, Mothers and Sons) continues to bring new works to Broadway investments. Michael Alden (On The Town) Emmy credentials and youth continue to inspire future Broadway investors. “Oprah’s nomination this season for Broadway Global Producer of the Year continues a trend with success in revivals that share global social relevance. But again we must all stress to even Oprah, Broadway investors must open more opportunities to directors, choreographers and production teams of every ethnicity. Please send that strong message directly to @Oprah on twitter! Just as you vote for a President of the United States, you all must know that arts investors have the power to influence the globe.” USA Theatre Chat.
We must share the names of The Color Purple cast that includes very small percentage of working Equity/Union actors in overall numbers in our nation! Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isiah Johnson (Mister), Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo), Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie), Phoenix Best (Swing/Assistant Stage Manager, u/s Squeak, u/s Olivia), Dwayne Clark (Ensemble/Guard, u/s Buster, u/s Pa), Lawrence Clayton (Ensemble/Preacher/Ol’ Mister, u/s Buster, u/s Guard), Carrie Compere (Ensemble/Church Lady, u/s Sofia), Patrice Covington (Squeak, Ensemble, u/s Nettie), Adrianna Hicks (Swing, u/s Cecie, u/s Nettie, u/s Squeak, u/s Church Ladies), Bre Jackson (Ensemble,Church Lady u/s Celie), Grasan Kingsberry (Ensemble/Adam/Buster, u/s Harpo), Kevyn Morrow (Ensemble/Pa, u/s Mister), Ken Robinson (Swing, u/s Mister, u/s Ol’ Mister), Antoine L. Smith (Ensemble/Grady, u/s Harpo, u/s Adam), Carla R. Stewart (Ensemble/Olivia, u/s Shug, u/s Sofia, u/s Church Ladies), Akron Watson (Ensemble, Bobby, u/s Grady), and Rema Webb (Ensemble/Church Lady, u/s Shug).
“The Color Purple Broadway revival is a must see! It’s “I’m Here”! You are here! You are important to the success of our global society. Everyone comes from a dysfunctional family, but it’s our choice as a society to educate respect to accept one another. Respect, acceptance of diversity, and love will lead to peace in oneself and our global United Nations. Investments in new, old, revised Musicals and Plays that have life changing messages must be the future for arts! The Color Purple is our future, it’s now! Enjoy Broadway’s Powerful, Colorful, Mysterious, Vibrant Musical of the Season! There is one “Big Dog” on Broadway that is “Too Beautiful for Words” The Color Purple! Theatre Chat.
The Color Purple lights up Broadway as the show of the season! Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Danielle Brooks (Sofia) and Patrice Covington (Squeak) are three reasons not to miss The Color Purple on Broadway. Powerful, Timeless, Universal The Color Purple is a Theatre Chat and Broadway Global must see! For tickets to The Color Purple visit ColorPurple.com.