The Color Purple Review at the Ahmanson Theatre - A Grand Performance!

The Color Purple at the Ahmanson Theatre

You won’t regret seeing this fabulous performance! The Color Purple brings an an amazing cast delivereding incredible performances! Based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg. It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discovered her unique voice in the world.  The Color Purple is about hope and the healing power of love as well as about women who overcome the power of the dominant males in their lives.  

Jeanette Bayardelle (Celie) and LaToya London (Nettie)

Jeanette Bayardelle (Celie) and LaToya London (Nettie)

If you haven’t seen the movie, no worries, the movie is brought to life with great talent and soulful singers and performances. Your head won’t stop moving to each expressive song and musical act. The star, Celie, played by Jeanette Bayardelle is the heroin of the show. She brought to the audience, cheer, laughter, joy, confusion, fear and more. Her ability to perform as a young child up into her early 40s was astounding and the fans applauded her and everyone else with a standing ovation. Jeanette Bayardelle's power-house vocals made her a shining star of the show and I hope to see her in the future.

The extraordinary dancers of The Color Purple - The Musical

These ladies can sing up a storm

The musical chronicles the 40 year journey of Celie from youthful abused victim to mature survivor and the two women, Shug and Sofia, who impacted her life.  
This great production showed forgiveness, strength, and loyalty.  Complete with a Grammy®-nominated score which featured soulful gospel, jazz, pop, and the blues that reverberated the venue.

Sultry Shug Avery played by Michelle Williams

The heart wrenching events that occurred to two women full of strength and character - Celie and her younger sister - will bring warmth and tears to your eyes. Another powerful character, Shug, played by Michelle Williams was outstanding as a tired, hasbeen performer who had a past love interest with Celie's husband and then a current love affair with Celie herself.

L - R Michelle Williams (Shug Avery) and Jeanette Bayardelle (Celie)

The men on the show were also a hit showing their multi-talent as dancers, singers, as well as their dramatic and comical skills. Rufus Bonds', who played Celia’s abusive husband, character made you want to kick his behind with his dazzling, villainous performance. 

L - R Michelle Williams (Shug Avery), Jeanette Bayardelle (Celie), and the great dancers

Another fantastic performance was Harpo, played by Stu James and Sofia, played by Felicia P. Fields who stood out on their own as husband and wife.

Felicia P. Fields (Sofia) and Stu James (Harpo)

The #1 selling book, The Color Purple was written by Marsha Norman; the show was directed by Gary Griffin; and the poignant songs written by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

L - R Michelle Williams (Shug Avery), Felicia P. Fields (Sofia), Stephanie St. James (Squeak)

The Color Purple has a special ticket hot line – (213) 972-4400 – to purchase tickets by phone.  Tickets can also be purchased online at and in person at the Center Theatre Group Box Office at the Music Center.  Group tickets can be obtained by calling (213) 972-7231, and the information and charge by phone number for the deaf community is TDD (213) 680-4017.

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