The Color Purple: The Musical

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  • The Color Purple: The Musical
    • Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center

      February 9-10, 2024; February 16-17, 2024; February 23-24, 2024

      2410 Wickham Avenue
      Newport News, VA 23607
    • Phone: 757-247-8950
      Highway Exit: 6 from I-664
      Website: Click here to visit us online


The Color Purple is a musical with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, and a book by Marsha Norman, based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation. The musical follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century. The original Broadway production ran from 2005 to 2008, earning 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006. An enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway revival opened in late 2015 and ran through early 2017, winning two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical. Shows start at 7 p.m. on Fridays and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturdays. Click here for details.