Wednesday, March 6

The Color Purple Musical at Menier this Summer

The European premiere of the Broadway musical version of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple will be presented at the Menier Chocolate Factory from 15th July to 14th September (previews from 5th July).

Set in the 1930s the musical tells the story with a score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues music, of black teenager Celie from her childhood to adulthood discovering the power of love and life in racially divided southern America. Casting will be announced shortly.

The production will be directed and designed by Tony Award-winner John Doyle (Road Show). It is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray.

The musical opened on Broadway in 2005 where it ran until 2008 and was nominated for ten Tony Awards.

Tickets go on sale to Chocolate Factory priority bookers from mid-day on 22nd April, and to the general public at 9:00 am on 1st May.

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