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The Color Purple

The Joy of Theater & the Joy of 'Bright Star'

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.24.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

I feel compelled to write about the amazing theatrical experience I had watching Bright Star at the Cort this Tuesday. But first a little introduction...

What Broadway Can Teach Hollywood About Diversity

Andy Ostroy | Posted 06.16.2016 | Entertainment
Andy Ostroy

Hollywood has a problem. It's largely run by rich straight white men who, for the most part, champion the work of other straight white men. According to well publicized statistics, if you're a black, Hispanic, female or LBGT actor of director you've not been invited to the party. Getting jobs, good jobs, Oscar potential jobs, is nearly impossible.

Tony Awards 2016: The Party Edition

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.13.2016 | Entertainment
Cara Joy David

Well, another Tony Awards is in the record books. Of course this one will forever go down as the Hamiltonys, although the musical did not break or eve...

The Tony Awards - Why I Love Broadway

Candy Spelling | Posted 06.07.2016 | Entertainment
Candy Spelling

The Tony Awards are coming up Sunday, and I couldn't be more excited. Once a year, we come together to celebrate one of America's longest-standing institutions, Broadway, a magical world where fantasy blends with reality.

Stars in the Alley Brings Broadway to People For Free

Cara Joy David | Posted 06.07.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

In 2001, back when I was fairly new to being a theater reporter, Clive Barnes reviewed Rosie O'Donnell in Seussical. I was shocked to read this senten...

Review: "The Color Purple"

Christian Lewis | Posted 06.06.2016 | Entertainment
Christian Lewis

As far as musical revivals go, the current talk of the town is "The Color Purple" at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, directed by John Doyle. Although t...

Aisle View: Purple Blooms

Steven Suskin | Posted 06.03.2016 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

Heather Headley in The Color Purple Photo: Matthew Murphy "A stunning, exhilarating and altogether joyful theatrical experience," is how I greete...

10 Things You May Not Know About Me: Heather Headley Of 'The Color Purple’

NewYork.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 05.24.2016 | Black Voices

The Tony and Grammy Award winning Broadway veteran dishes to Karu F. Daniels about The Color Purple, behind-the-scenes of the legendary Dreamgirls co...

What Makes a Good Revival? Thoughts on This Season's Tony Nominees

Cara Joy David | Posted 05.17.2016 | Arts
Cara Joy David

What makes a good revival? Is it just lovingly recreating an original or a prior revival? Or does it require reinvention? It depends who you ask. Th...

'The Color Purple' Cast's Powerful Prince Rendition Will Choke You Up

The Huffington Post | Willa Frej | Posted 04.22.2016 | Arts

The audience joined the cast of Broadway musical “The Color Purple” in a moving tribute to musical legend Prince on Thursday night. Singer Jennif...

From 'Les Miserables' To 'The Color Purple,' Kyle Scatliffe Is On The Rise

NewYork.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 03.31.2016 | Black Voices

"The Color Purple" has some new life breathed into it with a re-staged Broadway revival. We already know so much about the women from the show so int...

Homophobia: Live on Broadway

Aaron Ricciardi | Posted 02.27.2016 | Queer Voices
Aaron Ricciardi

I didn't know who in the audience had slung the verbal arrow. I couldn't ask her those questions. So I did the only thing I could possibly do: I talked to the ladies next to me. I needed a teaching moment, and I made myself one.

Alice Walker's Facebook Page Will Give You All The Black History You Need

The Huffington Post | Lilly Workneh | Posted 02.09.2016 | Black Voices

Alice Walker joined Facebook last week and has since posted a steady stream of some pretty incredible material. The Color Purple author, whose accoun...

Top 10 Best Theatrical Performances of 2015

Victor Legrá | Posted 01.06.2016 | Arts
Victor Legrá

There goes another year in New York with magnificent stage performances. Some performers in the past year have excelled in exceptional storytelling far more than others. A season full of diverse characters ranging from female revolutionaries, sexually curious teenagers, a glittering tornado exit, underappreciated siblings, a one-man band, a Latin pop star, a ton of toe-tapping music, and star-turning performances. As we start ramping up to 2016, I look back at my top 10 theatrical performances of 2015.

Curtains Up, Light the Lights!

Candy Spelling | Posted 12.28.2015 | Arts
Candy Spelling

As 2015 comes to a close I am so grateful for many things in my life: my family, my friends, and my good fortune in finding yet another fabulous Broadway show to produce.

Aisle View: The 2015 Ten Best List

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.17.2015 | Entertainment
Steven Suskin

What more need be said? It is, yes, as good as you've heard. What a shame that the ticket situation will keep it out of the reach of the general theatergoing public for another year or three.

Aisle View: The Color Purple in Radiant Bloom

Steven Suskin | Posted 12.11.2015 | Arts
Steven Suskin

In one of the more notable turnarounds in recent Broadway history, The Color Purple -- which many viewers found self-deflated and uninvolving when it premiered in 2005 -- reveals itself upon its return (via London) as a stunning, exhilarating and altogether joyful theatrical experience.

The Color Purple Author Alice Walker: 'Rebellion is Close to Godliness'

Sarah Beauchamp | Posted 12.10.2015 | Entertainment
Sarah Beauchamp

Later on in her life, Walker realized that she "had to show what happened to them and why they were like that," she said of her grandparents. She had to tell the story of how people could move forward, break free from their former selves and change for the better.

Young Celie, Desreta Jackson Says Colorism Made Her Leave Hollywood After ‘The Color Purple’

The Grio | Taryn Finley | Posted 11.25.2015 | Black Voices

Desreta Jackson is best known for playing the young version of Celie Johnson, opposite Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, and Oprah Winfrey in Steven Spie...

Happy 60th birthday, Whoopi Goldberg! Our Favorite Quotes from the Actress

Jeryl Brunner | Posted 11.14.2015 | Entertainment
Jeryl Brunner

On November 13th, Whoopi Goldberg turned 60. The actress, producer and The View co-host got her first Oscar nomination when she made her film debut in The Color Purple. And she's one of those rare people to have won the Academy Award, Golden Globe, Emmy, Daytime Emmy, Grammy and a Tony.

Becoming Shug Avery: How Jennifer Hudson Stepped Into A Role She Never Imagined

PlayBill.com | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.03.2015 | Black Voices

Jennifer Hudson is already an Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe Award winner. But now she's gunning for a Tony Award. Entertainment journalist Karu F. ...

Alice Walker Dishes On Broadway Revival Of 'The Color Purple'

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 11.02.2015 | Black Voices

This month, Alice Walker's classic 1982 novel, "The Color Purple," will once again make its way to the Broadway stage, this time directed by Tony winn...

Will Diversity on Broadway Attract New Audiences?

Victor Legrá | Posted 10.22.2015 | Arts
Victor Legrá

Diversity on stage will give people of different backgrounds a reason to explore forms of entertainment new to them. Audiences want to relate to characters that look and sound like them.

"WeHo Reads: Banned Books" Brings Together Literature, Art and Film

Lisa Derrick | Posted 09.24.2015 | Arts
Lisa Derrick

When the left and right agree on something, it's time to realize that books, art and ideas, even if we disagree with them, are vital to our growth as individuals and as a society.

Spring Broadway Entry Shuffle Along -- a Revival?

Cara Joy David | Posted 08.26.2015 | Arts
Cara Joy David

The new release does indeed make the show sound more like a revival with some bonus extras. There are three possible explanations I can think of for this change in slant.