The Color Purple from the Signature Theater begins performances on August 16

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Signature Theater The purple color Beginning of performances on August 16

Nova Y. Payton and Frenchie Davis lead the cast.

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Cameron Whitman


Signature Theater The purple color begins performances August 16 for a run through October 9 at Signature’s MAX Theater in Arlington, Virginia.

Production is headed by Timothy Douglas, who previously ran Signature’s Notch and the Portland Center Stage production of The Color Purple. Nova Y. Payton stars as Celie with Danielle J. Summons as Shug Avery and Frenchie Davis as Sofia.

The cast also includes Kaiyla Gross as Nettie, Stephawn P. Stephens as Ol’ Mister/Preacher, Solomon Parker III as Harpo, Tẹmídayọ Amay as Squeak, and Torrey Linder as Mister.

The set includes Ian Anthony Coleman, Jalisa Williams, Keenan McCarter, Nia Savoy-Dock, Raquel Jennings, Sean-Maurice Lynch, Gabrielle Rice, Tobias A. Young and Yewande Odetoyinbo. Catrina Brenae, Tyrell Stanley and Jay Frisby are swingers.

Based on the novel by Alice Walker and the film of the same name directed by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple includes book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The production also has musical direction by Mark G. Meadows, choreography by Dane Figueroa Edidi, scenic design by Tony Cisek, costume design by Kara Harmon, lighting design by Peter Maradudin, sound design by Ryan Hickey and hair, wig and makeup. design by J. Jared Janas.

Chelsea Pace and Greg Geffrard are co-intimacy choreographers with Casey Kaleba’s fight choreography. Casting is provided by JZ Casting, Kelly Crandall D’Amboise and Jorge Acevedo. Kerry Epstein is Production Manager, Taryn Friend is Assistant Manager, Kelsey Jenkins is Production Assistant, Ezinne Elele is Assistant Director, Angie Benson is Associate Music Director, Channing Tucker is Assistant costume designer, Tony Lauro is the hairstylist, wig and associate makeup artist, and Alexander Greenberg is the keyboard programmer.

The musical premiered on Broadway in 2005 and was revived a decade later. The revival received Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Cynthia Erivo’s performance as Celie, as well as nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a musical and best direction. The purple color also won the 2017 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album.

Warner Bros.’ feature film adaptation of The purple color The musical is set to hit theaters on December 20, 2023.

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