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Color Purple (The) (2005)

Broadway Theatre
Broadway - Etats-Unis

01/12/2005 > 24/02/2008

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Broadway Theatre - Broadway - Etats-Unis

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Première Preview: mardi 01 novembre 2005
Première: jeudi 01 décembre 2005
Dernière: dimanche 24 février 2008

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Mise en scène:
Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie:
Donald Byrd
Avec:
Avec: LaChanze, Brandon Victor Dixon, Felicia P. Fields, Reneé Elise Goldsberry, Kingsley Leggs, Krisha Marcano, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes

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2005-12-Original Broadway Cast

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Date de sortie:
2005-12-??
Type de CD:
Stage Cast •
Nombre de CD:
1 pour un total de 29 tracks
Artistes:
Carol Dennis, Brandon Victor Dixon, Doug Eskew, Felicia P. Fields, Renée Elise Goldsberry, LaChanze, Kingsley Leggs, Krisha Marcano, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
Tracks:
01. Overture
02. Huckleberry Pie / Mysterious Ways
03. Somebody Gonna Love You
04. Our Prayer
05. That Fine Mister
06. Big Dog
07. Lily Of The Field
08. Dear God
09. A Tree Named Sofia
10. Hell No!
11. Brown Betty
12. Shug Avery Comin' To Town
13. All We've Got To Say
14. Dear God
15. Too Beautiful For Words
16. Push Da Button
17. Uh Oh!
18. What About Love?
19. Act I Finale
20. African Homeland
21. The Color Purple
22. Church Ladies' Easter
23. I Curse You Mister
24. Celie's Curse
25. Miss Celie's Pants
26. Any Little Thing
27. What About Love (Reprise)
28. I'm Here
29. The Color Purple (Reprise)
Commentaires:
Barnes & Noble
Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize winner The Color Purple -- transformed into a film classic by Steven Spielberg -- arrived on Broadway in 2005, in the able hands of collaborating composers Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, with a libretto written by Marsha Norman. At the heart of the musical is LaChanze, whose pliant yet powerful voice allows her to take full ownership of the Celie character that was unforgettably portrayed by Whoopi Goldberg in the film version. As the story covers a 40-year arc, from 1909 to 1949, the music effectively incorporates a variety of genres, such as revival-flavored swing on "Miss Celie's Pants," rafter-shaking gospel on "Mysterious Ways," African rhythms on the percolating "African Homeland," and stride-piano-driven blues on "Push Da Button," brassily delivered by Elisabeth Withers-Mendes as Shug Avery. She and LaChanze come together for the musical's centerpiece, "What About Love?," a showstopping ballad framed by strings and driven by the mutual love the characters declare in this number. (A separate version of the song that doesn't appear on the original cast album was also recorded with Patti LaBelle and Jill Scott.) The spoken dialogue sprinkled throughout the disc occasionally slows the pace, but the recasting of this redemptive story as a musical is a feat befitting Walker's original masterpiece. Dave Gil de Rubio

All Music Guide
The stage musical adaptation of Alice Walker's 1982 novel The Color Purple (also based on the 1985 film directed by Steven Spielberg), with a libretto by Marsha Norman and songs by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray, opened on Broadway on December 1, 2005, and quickly turned into one of the season's major hits. At first blush, Walker's epic story of the travails of a poor African-American woman in rural Georgia during the first half of the 20th century, with its elements of rape, incest, and domestic violence, might seem an unlikely subject for musical theater, but the form has supported equally difficult projects successfully (Les Misérables wasn't exactly musical comedy), and one might as easily say that The Color Purple is an inspiring tale of women's resilience, camaraderie, and empowerment. It is certainly dramatic, which makes it a good stage vehicle, and the setting allows the songwriters obvious avenues to pursue. Not surprisingly, the score heavily employs gospel forms, beginning with "Mysterious Ways," an early song that easily could be heard in a church any Sunday. The character of the singer and prostitute Shug Avery (Elisabeth Withers-Mendes) gives the songwriters the opportunity to write blues material, although, in fact, blues elements appear prominently in the music throughout. The only oddity in the score is the songwriters' determination to mix those styles with more traditional show music, if one can by now refer to the sort of adult contemporary ballad material that began to be heard on Broadway in the 1980s as traditional. Whenever the show takes a turn toward the sincere and heroic (which is to say, whenever one or more of the several saintly female characters is moved to express her feelings), the music swells, the Southern accents fall away, the grammar noticeably improves, and out comes something that sounds like the light-FM/TV commercial/American Idol nexus of overwrought yet bland pop music meant to draw tears or sell French fries, as the case may be. "Somebody Gonna Love You," "Too Beautiful for Words," "What About Love," "The Color Purple" -- in this score, the listener is never far away from one of these numbers, and mixed in with the blues and other material expressed in heavy vernacular speech, the effect is disconcerting, as if a radio signal kept switching back and forth from one kind of station to another. LaChanze, in the starring role of Celie, displays versatility in adapting to the various musical styles, and Withers-Mendes, Felicia P. Fields (as Sofia), and Renée Elise Goldsberry (as Nettie, in an isolated African segment, "African Homeland") all have showcase parts. But the music they have to work with is more than just highly varied; it's highly inconsistent in both style and quality. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

 

D'autres versions de cette oeuvre

Version 1

Broadway Theatre à Broadway (Original)
Durée : 2 ans 2 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 30 previews - 910 représentations
Première Preview : mar 01 novembre 2005
Première : jeu 01 décembre 2005
Dernière : dim 24 février 2008
Mise en scène : Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie : Donald Byrd
Avec : Avec: LaChanze, Brandon Victor Dixon, Felicia P. Fields, Reneé Elise Goldsberry, Kingsley Leggs, Krisha Marcano, Elisabeth Withers-Mendes
Commentaires :
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Version 2

Cadillac Palace Theatre à Chicago (Revival)
Durée : 5 mois 2 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : mar 17 avril 2007
Première : mar 17 avril 2007
Dernière : dim 30 septembre 2007
Mise en scène : Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie : Donald Byrd
Avec :
Commentaires :
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Version 3

US Tour à (US Tour)
Durée : 2 ans 5 mois 3 semaines
Nombre :
Première Preview : lun 10 septembre 2007
Première : lun 10 septembre 2007
Dernière : dim 28 février 2010
Mise en scène : Gary Griffin
Chorégraphie : Donald Byrd
Avec :
Commentaires :
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Version 4

US Tour à (US Tour)
Durée :
Nombre :
Première Preview : ven 12 mars 2010
Première : ven 12 mars 2010
Dernière : Inconnu
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie :
Avec :
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Version 5

Menier Chocolate Factory à Londres (Revival)
Durée : 2 mois 1 semaine
Nombre :
Première Preview : ven 05 juillet 2013
Première : ven 05 juillet 2013
Dernière : sam 14 septembre 2013
Mise en scène : John Doyle
Chorégraphie : Ann Yee
Avec :
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Version 6

Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre à Broadway (Revival)
Durée : 4 mois 3 semaines Se joue actuellement
Nombre :
Première Preview : mar 10 novembre 2015
Première : jeu 10 décembre 2015
Dernière : Open end, ouvert actuellement jusqu'au dim 01 mai 2016
Mise en scène : John Doyle
Chorégraphie :
Avec : Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie), 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 et Rema Webb
Commentaires : Transfert à Broadway de la version du Menier Chocolate Factory de 2013.
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