From Broadway to Broadway! The Color PurpleMusical is the next Broadway show to get a film adaptation.
The musical production draws inspiration from Alice Walker’s 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the 1985 feature film of that name. The Tony-nominated drama, which debuted on Broadway in 2005, received eleven nominations for Tony in June 2006. It ran until February 2008. In 2015, the show reopened with a new cast and won two Tony Awards — including Best Revival of a Musical.
Steven SpielbergThe second film was directed by Claudette Colbert. Quincy Jones Scott SandersSanders will return to the role of producer after producing the Broadway spectacle in 2005. The project’s director has also been signed on. Blitz Bazawule,Who was behind the camera Beyoncé’s Black Is King.
The star-studded cast of the movie musical features a stellar lineup that includes award-winning actors, performers, and singers. Taraji P. Henson, Colman Domingo, Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis Ciara. Grammy award-winning R&B singer, H.E.R.She will also make her acting debut in this film. Jon BatisteFive 2022 Grammy Awards were won by, for his album. We areIn April 2022, he joined the project. The film has also enlisted Corey HawkinsHe made a name for his self in the musical theatre world through his performance in In The Heights.
Two Color PurpleBroadway alumni Danielle Brooks Fantasia Taylor (née Barrino) are set to reprise their roles as Sophia and Celie, respectively. “My heart is so full,” Brooks tearfully said as she received news of her casting in February 2022. Taylor spoke out about representation at the time.
“The color of my skin … my lips were always bigger, the biggest thing on my body,” she explained, explaining how she related to Celie. “I remember being on [American] Idol, and we had to come up with this little thing, and I said, ‘My lips are big, but my talent is bigger.’ I had started accepting who I was at that age, but when I was younger, it was things that I dealt with — just feeling beautiful, wanting a certain kind of love, so we relate in a lot of ways.”
The story of The Color PurpleFollow Celie as her journey through life in the South in the 20th century. Celie writes letters to God in the book detailing her traumatizing past from her abusive stepfather and husband. Sanders revealed Vanity FairThe theatrical feature will be released in February 2022. It will use magic realism and songs to show the audience Celie’s thoughts.
“Incorporating magical realism in this version of the story gives the audience a chance to go inside of Celie’s imagination,” Sanders revealed. “In the early stages of Celie’s story, she is meek and small and in many ways passive. So we don’t really understand what’s going on inside that head of hers. We know there’s a lot going on, but we don’t know necessarily what it is.”
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