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Presented at the Arts United Center

at Arts Campus Fort Wayne

Musical Rated PG-13

Director - Dianne Shaw

Choreographer - Capri Parrish Williams

Music Director - Holly Knott

The Color Purple is an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. This musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film) spotlights Celie, a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life.

Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker and the

Warner Bros./Amblin Entertainment Motion Picture
Book by Marsha Norman

Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray

The Color Purple was produced on Broadway at the Broadway Theater by Oprah Winfrey, Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, and Quincy Jones. The world premiere of The Color Purple was produced by the Alliance Theatre, Atlanta, Georgia.


The Color Purple is presented through special arrangement with and all authorized performance materials are supplied by Theatrical Rights Worldwide 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036.

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