TAPA is bringing The Color Purple, the musical about love, to Memorial Auditorium on Monday, May 3, for one performance only.
This production of The Color Purple is produced by Phoenix Entertainment ~ Joyful Noisemakers LLC, helmed by Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden, is the next phase in the life of the Broadway musical produced by Scott Sanders. The original Broadway musical opened on Dec. 1, 2005, and was nominated for 11 Tony Awards, including best musical.
The Color Purple ran for over two years on Broadway followed by a three year First National Tour.
It is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Steven Spielberg. It is the story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. With a Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, The Color Purple is about hope and the healing power of love.
The Color Purple is directed by Gary Griffin and features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and choreography by Donald Byrd. Rounding out the creative team are Tony Award-winner John Lee Beatty (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Tony Award®-winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Craig Cassidy (sound design), Steven M. Bishop (orchestrations/arrangements), and Jasper Grant (music director).
Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden have long been principal partners of Phoenix Entertainment and collectively share theatrical touring credits spanning nearly three decades on four continents. Their production repertoire includes: Grease starring Frankie Avalon, The Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, The Pajama Game, Fame, Godspell, The Vagina Monologues, The King & I, Smokey Joe’s Café, Singin’ in the Rain, Buddy, Ring of Fire and Late Nite Catechism among others.
Tickets are on sale at the Auditorium box office and online at ChattanoogaOnStage.com. Call 642-TIXS.