The award-winning Broadway musical The Color Purple comes to Birmingham in an exciting new production.

The highly anticipated show, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, is currently on view at Birmingham Hippodrome until Saturday 17 September.

Alice Walker’s remarkable coming-of-age book about female empowerment and love overcoming hate touched the hearts of millions of readers around the world when it was published in 1982.

Celia dares to stand up when her hopes and dreams are stifled in a male dominated world

The book was quickly added to English literature curricula, and in 1985 it was made into an emotionally charged film.

Directed by Steven Spielberg and starring Whoopi Goldberg (who won an Oscar for her performance), the powerful film introduced a whole new audience to the down-to-earth characters that inhabited Walker’s searing book.

Walker’s story is so vivid and raw that it inspired a Broadway musical in 2005, which garnered numerous nominations. Oprah Winfrey, who also starred in Spielberg’s film, is currently working on a feature version of the Broadway musical due out next year.

The mighty musical – book by Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray – hits the stage at Birmingham Hippodrome in a stark production that focuses on the emotions at the heart of the ‘story.

The sets are sparse, allowing the audience to focus on human emotions

The coming-of-age story follows the tortured and traumatic life of an African-American woman named Celie who lives in the Deep South at the turn of the 20th century. The drama unfolds over the years and reveals the excruciating inner and outer turmoil, including mental and physical cruelty, inflicted on the sweet and gentle Celie.

Over the course of four decades, Celia learns to reclaim all of life’s complex pleasures and treasures that have been stolen or inhibited by those around her.

Despite the daily angst, hostilities, negativity, and name calling that are hurled at Celie, she refrains from meeting hate with hate. Her sublime and positive outlook on life leans towards forgiveness and mercy, and no matter how dark and oppressive her life becomes, she always seeks light and hope in a world consumed by greed and lies.

Violet color lets women seize the chance to dream and dance

The show’s delicate message highlights the power of women to overcome heartache and shattered dreams by walking the beautiful paths of love and light that lead to healing and regeneration of the human soul.

The musical is filled with a score that uplifts the human spirit, with melodies at times soft and soothing, then epic and soaring. The songs, numbering almost 30 in the musical’s Two Acts, are a combination of Gospel, Grassroots, Blues and Soul. The rhythm of the songs reflects the state of play inside each character.

The cast of this Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome co-production is so in tune with the flow of the music that there are times when even the live orchestra becomes solemn as the performers on stage weave their singing voices directly into the subtle notes. and nuanced music. coming out of the orchestra pit.

The talented cast of The Color Purple bonded like family

Me’sha Bryan is a tour de force in her portrayal of Celie. He’s an artist who brings layers of meaning and purpose to Celie’s sweet character.

Bryan takes the audience on a journey of transformation, and she reveals Celie’s changes in subtle ways, like her voice becoming stronger and more confident as Celie matures and finds her inner strength to finally rise up and fight for her. happiness in a dominated man. existence.

In a world dominated by men, women take a bold step and challenge society

Aaliyah Zhane (a bewitching Nettie), Ahmed Hamad (a lovely Harpo), Anelisa Lamola (a stunning force of nature Sofia), Jimand Allotey (a memorable Squeak), Bree Smith (a perfectly tuned Shug), Esme Laudat (a pitch perfect Jarene), and Ako Mitchell (an infamously deceitful gentleman), including the naturally gifted ensemble cast, worked together so well that there was a real sense of family running through this superlative production.

Each cast member left an inedible mark and they all had a distinctive stage presence. The graceful power and harmonious beauty of each individual, solo or in ensemble, could be heard all around the vast auditorium of the Hippodrome.

The Color Purple now play at Birmingham Hippodrome

The large, sprawling show is kept tightly paced by director Tinuke Craig while the sets by Alex Lowde – who also designed the costumes for the production – are mostly story-driven and emotional rather than flooding the scene of unnecessary distractions that can sometimes overwhelm the fragile balance of such a spectacle where human emotions take precedence over visual spectacle and action.

This beautifully crafted musical is an uplifting and moving production that celebrates the power of the human spirit.


The Color Purple is now playing Birmingham Racecourse until Saturday 17 September

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