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Where To Go: The Color Purple On Broadway At The Fox Theatre

Adrianna Hicks (Celie), N’Jameh Camara (Nettie) 

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

Find me a Black woman that hasn’t heard of The Color Purple and I will personally give you $5. Like most in my millennial generation, I watched The Color Purple produced by Steven Spielberg before I read the original book, The Color Purple, written by Alice Walker. Nestled there with my mother, about 13 years old, we watched a movie that would truly stand as a part of feminism and history for me. Back then, I did not understand the magnitude of such a film. It took me until adulthood to truly grasp the importance of each and every character and the roles that they played in relation to how women are seen in this country. 

I read the book a few years ago. My daughter was two years old and it was during a particularly interesting self discovery time in my life. I had just finished reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston so you can probably guess where I was mentally. 

As I browsed the shelves at my local Barnes & Noble, the book stuck out like a sore thumb. In three days, I had devoured every page and become overwhelmed with how deep the book actually went. I watched the movie again to fully grasp the things that I was seeing. I looked at the bond of sisters and sister wives who became lovers and fought to understand the meaning of the purple flowers and feminism. I read every autobiography and clip of Alice Walker down to the disparate views that her daughter shared on the famous writer and feminist.

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

The biggest lesson I learned from The Color Purple was to stand tall in your truth, no matter what it is. I learned to not shrink because I was a woman and the beautiful process of learning your worth. I look at Celie and Suge Avery, two women so connected but yet so different. I appreciated their ability to bring out the individual strength in each other and how they gave strong definition to woman empowerment in the face of adversity. A book so far ahead of its time, The Color Purple touches key points of misogyny, sexuality, feminism, and religion. 

The biggest lesson I learned from The Color Purple was to stand tall in your truth, no matter what it is

So you can imagine my excitement when I learned that The Color Purple on Broadway would be making its way to Atlanta to the Fox Theatre. Not only would I get to see one of my favorite movies and books in real life performed by the most talented broadway actors but for the first time in a while, The Fox Theatre is showing a mostly African American casted play. It is a play that every Black woman can connect, weep, and bond over. 

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

“Sister, you’ve been on my mind
Sister, we’re two of a kind
So, sister, I’m keepin’ my eye on you

I betcha think I don’t know nothin
But singin’ the blues, oh, sister
Have I got news for you, I’m something
I hope you think that you’re something too

Scufflin’, I been up that lonesome road
And I seen alot of suns going down
Oh, but trust me
No low life’s gonna run me around

So let me tell you something Sister
Remember your name, no twister
Gonna steal your stuff away, my sister
We sho’ ain’t got a whole lot of time
So-o-o shake your shimmy Sister
‘Cause honey the ‘shug’ is feelin’ fine”

-Miss Celie’s Blues

Here is the run down for show:

The Color Purple on Broadway will be playing at The Fox Theatre from October 24-29th.

October 24th Opening Night – October 26th: 7:30 PM

October 27th: 8:00 PM

October 28th: 2:00 PM & 8:00 PM

October 29th: 1:00 PM & 6:30 PM

Tickets start as low as $33.50 and can be purchased here.  

What are your memories of The Color Purple? Share with us below! You can also check out our Instagram to follow our live coverage of opening night on October 24th in our stories!

Photo Credit: Matthew Murphy

With love,

-Shanicia

This post is sponsored by Brave PR. All opinions expressed are my own.

Shanicia Boswell
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Hi, I’m Shanicia! I live in Atlanta, GA. I’m a fulltime mom to one pretty rambuncious little girl. I love cooking, coloring Mandalas, and reading. To find out why I started Black Moms Blog, read our very first blog post!

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