City Springs Theater Company, Atlanta’s home for professional musical theater, presents The Color Purple as part of its 2021-22 PNC Bank season. Directed by Kamilah Long, this musical about love runs May 6-22, 2022 at the Byers Theater at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center (1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs). The purple color is included in subscribers’ current season packages. Tickets cost between $40 and $100, with discounts for seniors, students, groups, and active and retired military personnel. Visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com or call 404-477-4365 for more information.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment film, The Color Purple was adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics Grammy Award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The story spotlights Celie, an oppressed young woman whose personal awakening over 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyful score mixing jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testimony to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. The story is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.
The Color Purple premiered at the Alliance Theater Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005, where it was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best book and best original music. London’s West End production moved to Broadway in 2015, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. Warner Bros. announced the release date for a new feature film adaptation, which will premiere in 2023.
The Color Purple at City Springs Theater Company stars Felicia Boswell as Celie (Emmy Award-winning and Grammy-nominated; Broadway: Shuffle Along; Motown; Memphis), Gavin Gregory as Mister (Broadway : The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess; The Color Purple), and Trevon Davis as Harpo (Broadway: The Book of Mormon; The Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess).
Also starring are Safiya Fredericks as Shug Avery, Kayce Grogan-Wallace as Grammy Award-winning Sofia, LaTricia Akhagbeme as Nettie and Jalise Wilson as Squeak.
Starring Candy McLellan as Church Lady Doris, Kenya Carroll as Church Lady Darlene, Shena Renee as Church Lady Jarlene, Sheila Jackson as Church Soloist, Dathan Thigpen (Season 8 Winner – BET’s Sunday’s Best) as Preacher/Bobby, Anthony Sweeting as Ol’ Sir, and Timothy D. Parrott as Pa.
Gabe Cain, Charles Pruitt, Merkell Williams, Zaria Hall, Stephan JoQuan Wilson, Candace Mumphrey and Jazzmin Carson are also part of the cast.
The creative team includes Kamilah Long (director), Kenneth Green (choreographer), Lewis Webb (music director), Mike Wood (lighting designer) and Joel Abott (sound designer). Costume design based on original drawings by Ann Hould-Ward. Wig design based on original designs by Charles LaPointe. Scenic design based on original designs by John Doyle. Production stage directed by Gina Cirillo.
All performances are held at the Byers Theater at the Sandy Springs Performing Arts Center at 1 Galambos Way, Sandy Springs.
Friday May 6 | 20:00
Saturday May 7 | 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday May 8 | 20:00
Thursday May 12 | 20:00
Friday May 13 | 20:00
Saturday May 14 | 2:00 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.
Sunday May 15 | 2:00 p.m.
Thursday May 19 | 20:00
Friday May 20 | 20:00
Saturday May 21 | 20:00
Sunday May 22 | 2:00 p.m.
The purple color contains adult content, adult themes and may not be suitable for children under 12 years old.
City Springs Theater Company health and safety protocols are available by visiting www.CitySpringsTheatre.com/health
About City Springs Theater Company: City Springs Theater Company is dedicated to entertaining, educating and enriching lives by creating world-class theater experiences and innovative arts education that drive cultural richness and economic vitality. Through Broadway-style musical theater featuring regional and national artists, creating a wide range of arts education programs for community enrichment, and providing entertaining and inspiring productions for diverse audiences, City Springs Theater Company makes of Sandy Springs a growing cultural center. City Springs Theater Company is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit cultural organization. For more information and to find out how you can get involved, visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com.
For tickets and information, call 404-477-4365 or visit www.CitySpringsTheatre.com.