Jan 24, 2008

Oprah Winfrey's big Broadway musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, 'The Color Purple,' will close on Feb. 24.

After playing 30 preview performances and 910 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre, the producers announced the shuttering this morning.

According to a production rep, the show recouped its entire $11 million investment in its first year on Broadway, having grossed over $103,000,000.

The show currently stars Chaka Khan as Sofia, BeBe Winans as Harpo, LaKisha Jones as the Church Soloist at all evening performances and Sofia at all matinee performances, Montego Glover as Nettie, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes as Shug Avery, Alton Fitzgerald White as Mister, Krisha Marcano as Squeak and Zonya Love as Celie.

The national tour, currently playing in Los Angeles, stars LaToya London of 'American Idol,' Destiny's Child's Michelle Williams and original workshop and Broadway star Felicia P. Fields.

The tour is currently scheduled through 2009, and will be playing Tempe, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Baltimore, Detroit, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Atlanta. (Source)


  1. Wow! I did have an opportunity to see it with Fantasia and it was fantastic. The theater was packed. I guess interest dwindled?

  2. I saw the show twice with my mother. I saw the play with the original cast and I saw it again with Fantasia. I feel sorry for anyone who didn't get to experience it on Broadway. It was truly worth it. Lachanze did a great job, but Fantasia blew us away. So if you are in the New York area I would suggest you try to get tickets and see this magnificent play.