The Color Purple

Marsha Norman / Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray

Canon Theatre

Show Run
February 10, 2009 - March 14, 2009

Producer / Director
Scott Sanders, Quincy Jones, Harvey Weinstein and Oprah Winfrey


Kenita R. Miller (Celie), Delicia P. Fields (Sofia), Rufus Bonds, Jr. (Mister), Angela Robinson (Shug), Stu James (Harpo)

The Color Purple is a musical adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, the first Black woman to win the Pulitzer. It tells the story of Celie, an African-American woman in Georgia, from the early to mid-20th century, and follows her journey from virtual slave, and the victim of men, of traditional sexual roles, of racism, and of innumerable social injustices, to her blossoming into a whole human being, someone who has known genuine love and has found self-esteem, purpose and joy. The musical — written by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray — premiered on Broadway in 2005 and ran for three years. A touring production followed and had its Canadian premiere at the Ed Mirvish Theatre in February of 2009.