“A MIRACLE ON BROADWAY. A GLORY TO BEHOLD.”
- Ben Brantley, The New York Times
“ONE OF THE BEST REVIVALS EVER”
- Jesse Green, New York Magazine
“ONE OF THE GREAT TRIUMPHS OF THE BROADWAY SEASON”
- Jeremy Gerard, Deadline
“TRANSCENDENT AND TRANSFORMATIVE…MY SPIRIT WAS PROFOUNDLY MOVED.”
- Charles McNulty, Los Angeles Times
THE COLOR PURPLE TO RECEIVE NEW
OFFICIAL BROADWAY CAST RECORDING
FROM BROADWAY RECORDS
AVAILABLE JANUARY 29, 2016
THE COLOR PURPLE HAS BEEN NAMED BEST OF THE YEAR BY
The New York Times
New York Magazine
(New York, NY – December 11, 2015) — THE COLOR PURPLE, which opened last night to ecstatic reviews, will record its official cast album this Monday, December 14, 2015. The new Broadway cast recording will be released by Broadway Records on January 29, 2016 and can pre-ordered at Amazon.com and at www.BroadwayRecords.com. The album is being produced by six-time Grammy Award winner Frank Filipetti.
Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the production stars CYNTHIA ERIVO in “a performance big enough to play in the Grand Canyon…her singing is gorgeous beyond belief” (Terry Teachout, Wall Street Journal), the “enchanting” (Ben Brantley, New York Times) JENNIFER HUDSON in a “red-hot, knockout performance” (Jeremy Gerard, Deadline), and DANIELLE BROOKS, who “shakes the house in a thrilling Broadway debut” (Marilyn Stasio, Variety).
“One of the easiest decisions of my career was choosing to record a new cast album of THE COLOR PURPLE – we’d be crazy not to capture these performances forever. I can’t wait for Broadway fans everywhere to get a taste of the unforgettable vocal power that is being delivered by this remarkable cast nightly at the Jacobs Theatre,” said Producer Scott Sanders.
The company also features Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango, Kyle Scatliffe, and Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb.
Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE 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 COLOR PURPLE is an unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity. With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, this stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life.
THE COLOR PURPLE is produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network.
The musical’s journey to Broadway has been captured in a primetime television event, Oprah Goes to Broadway: The Color Purple, which will premiere on the OWN Network on Saturday, December 19th. The special features Oprah Winfrey and the musical’s stars, as well as interviews with Alice Walker, Danny Glover, Lupita Nyong’o, Cicely Tyson and Phylicia Rashad.
BROADWAY RECORDS is one of the preeminent record labels in its industry and has produced cast albums for many major Broadway shows (i.e. the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical, the recently released The Visit, Doctor Zhivago and Side Show Original 2014 Broadway Cast Recording) as well as the preservation of shorter run Broadway shows (i.e. Bonnie & Clyde and Big Fish) and NBC’s television events, The Wiz LIVE! and Peter Pan LIVE!. Broadway Records believes in delivering the best cast recordings to its customers, while also striving to innovate with the critically acclaimed “Live at 54 BELOW” series featuring top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti and many others. BroadwayWorld.com nominated 19 of Broadway Records’ albums for their inaugural 2014 Album Awards, all of which can be found by visiting www.broadwayrecords.com.
Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE, which start at $75, are currently on sale through Telecharge.com.