THE COLOR PURPLE (13 OCTOBER – 6 NOVEMBER)
2016 Tony Award Winning Best Musical Revival!
This heartening musical of rhythm, soul, jazz and blues takes it’s audience on a journey of adversity, liberation and ultimately celebration.
From Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning bestseller and Stephen Spielberg’s Oscar-nominated film comes the Australasian premiere of this breathtaking stage musical. Spanning four decades and three continents, The Color Purple chronicles the feminist evolution of ‘Celie’ a battered and downtrodden African-American woman who endures rape, incest, domestic violence and racial abuse her entire life. This awe inspiring saga tells her unforgettable story of overcoming adversity in a heartening tale that is a testament to the healing power of love and faith.
The Color Purple celebrates life with a joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, including: Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score.
The Color Purple will star Melbourne’s own Jayme-Lee Hanekom (Disney’s The Lion King, In The Heights) headlining in the role of Celie. She will be joined by Thando Sikwila (The Voice, Dreamgirls) as Shug Avery; Anna Francesca Armenia (In The Heights, Dreamgirls) as Nettie; Kendrew A. Heriveaux (Requiem and Messiah New York) as Mister, Iopu Auva’a (Hair, Dreamgirls) as Harpo and Vanessa Menjivar (Dreamgirls) as Sofia, the role that propelled Oprah Winfrey to stardom.
Joining the cast will be Zenya Carmellotti – Squeak, Noelani Petero – Doris/Church Soloist, Anisha Senaratne – Jarene, Sasha Hennequin – Darlene, James Ao – Preacher, Augestin Tchantcho – Pa/Ole Mister, Guillaume Gentil – Grady, Gideon Wilonja – Adam, Tsungirai Wachenuka – Olivia, Benjaman Samuel. Ensemble/Swing.
Rounding out the cast will be off stage vocalists, Gina Mets, Casey Withoos and Aaron Taylor.
‘The Color Purple changed my life! I have always wanted as many people as possible to experience this story.’ Oprah Winfrey
13 October – 6 November
Preview Nights 13 & 14 October
Saturday & Sunday Matinee 1:30pm
Tickets: $69 A Reserve Adult, $65 A Reserve Concession,
$59 B Reserve Adult, $55 B Reserve Concession,
$49 C Reserve – Restricted Viewing
$49 Preview 13 & 14 Oct and Wednesday nights (+transaction fee)
Duration: Act 1 60mins Interval 20 mins Act 2 60mins
Seating: Allocated Seating. Please make sure you arrive a minimum of 15 minutes prior to the performance start time. The performance has a strict ‘Lockout Policy’, latecomers will not be permitted.
Please Note: To ensure the safety and integrity of the performance, if you choose to exit the theatre you will only be permitted to re-enter at the discretion of the front of house supervisor. Entry will only be permitted during suitable break in the performance.
If you require wheelchair access, please call our Box Office on 03 8290 7000