The Color Purple

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Rachel Faulkner writes, I’m not sure about you…

I’m not sure about you, but when a good musical comes to town, there is a crazy urge for me to see it, and no matter what, I have to see it. I’ve seen at least twenty Broadway productions and loved each and every one. Yet nothing got my attention better than The Color Purple. Since the musical came out in 2005, I have longed to see it with a passion. Finally, it came to Denver. What can I say? I had to go see it. I’ll be honest. I cried through the whole thing. It was so beautiful! The Color Purple won numerous Tony nominations and awards with it’s fantastic message and entirely-black cast. Although it closed on Broadway last year, 910 performances of the musical occured before the closing date, and now it is on a National Tour. On the National Tour, about half the cast were also in the original The Color Purple on Broadway, such as the hilarious Sofia, portrayed by Felicia P. Fields. Currently it’s playing at the Temple Buel theatre in Denver and I highly reccomend it, but please note – it contains a little suggestive humor and language, so once again, you must be mature enough to see it. It will continue to play until the 18th of January. If you would like to see it, call the Temple Buel Box Office. In the musical, Celie, a poor, African-American 14-year-old is growing up in Tennessee. She has had two babies and seen her Pa snatch them away and “take care of them”, meaning that she has no idea if they are alive or dead. Her father forces her into a marriage to “that fine Mister”, an abusive, cruel person with little consideration for other people. Her beloved sister is sent away, and no one in her life loves her. As the years go by, Celie grows up, loves, learns, and has no life. Sofia, her stepson’s hilariously hammy wife, is her only friend, and when she leaves, Celie is faced with questions about why she should have to bend to Mister’s will. Then Shug Avery, the singing sensation and Mister’s old girlfriend, comes to town and changes Celie’s life forever. Throughout the musical, Celie displays complete faith in God that he will bring back Nettie, her sister, and keep her babies safe, wherever they are. She prays for the courage to stand up to Mister, and the strength to do what is right. By the end of the show, during curtain call, the entire audience leapt to their feet and started clapping, dancing, and singing in tune with the famous song “The Color Purple” for which the musical is named. I was completely and increasingly in love with the beauty, wit, humor, and faith that kept to beautiful play alive.

3 COMMENTS

  1. Great story.
    Great story. Just one piece of advice: put spaces in between your writing so it’s easier to read. Thanks!

  2. Wow.
    Wow. Great language, I very much enjoyed reading your story. Just one thing…your summary of the musical was a little bit unclear. Apart from that…wow!!

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