Already closed | 2h 20m | Midtown W

The Color Purple (Broadway)

From 3,035 member  reviews
Members say: Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining

About the show

This stripped-down revival of the musical based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel won two 2016 Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival. Directed by John Doyle and starring Tony winner Cynthia Erivo. More…

This stirring family chronicle follows the life of a young black girl named Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life. With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, this new production from London features a minimalist staging.

2h 20m | Already closed | Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (Midtown W)

Member Reviews (3035)


Great acting, Great singing, Absorbing, Must see, Entertaining
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Relevant, Engrossing, Ambitious, Intense, Great singing

See it if you enjoy great singing (Erivo is a knock out) and spare, effective staging. Charged with emotion, TCP tells of Southern women's plight.

Don't see it if you want redemption to feel real (the villain even improves). The underpinnings are too religious for my taste, but the performances soar.

Absorbing, Entertaining, Profound, Thought-provoking, Great singing

See it if You're a fan of glorious singing and real human drama. Truly uplifting.

Don't see it if You don't like gospel music.

Absorbing, Great staging, Masterful, Must see, Riveting

See it if Just see it. Cynthia Erivo may be the greatest talent on Broadway today. The whole show was brilliant.

Don't see it if Just see it.

Great staging, Entertaining, Ambitious, Great singing

See it if only to hear some great singing from Erivo & Headley; you want an example of when Doyle's stripped-down staging improves on the original.

Don't see it if you don't want to be emotionally manipulated; you don't like the show generally. (Tho this is probably the best the musical will ever get.)

Great staging, Absorbing, Delightful, Masterful, Great singing

See it if you like strong, inspiring voices in a powerful story, gospel and spiritual flavored score, memorable performances, Erivo is tremendous

Don't see it if you are expecting a big production number filled show, don't like gospel or intimate style musicals, don't want to be moved

Cynthia erivo's poignant, life-affirming performance will remain seared in your memory

See it if /for stripped down show that gets to story's emotional core: shift from hopelessness to uplift; EVERY performer/chorus is powerhouse singer

Don't see it if seek innovative show/memorable music/lyrics; still, show has several operatic moments that bring audience to its feet

Resonant, Great music, Engaging, Beautiful, Lovely

See it if you don't want to be the dummy who missed Cynthia Erivo. WOW. Her voice is just unbelievable.

Don't see it if you're not a fan of John Doyle.

Profound, Disappointing, Overrated, Great singing, Resonant

See it if you're a fan of the book or movie, you enjoy powerhouse singing, or you like stories about female empowerment.

Don't see it if you're considering seeing it based on the hype alone. It doesn't live up to it.

Absorbing, Resonant, Profound, Romantic, Disappointing

See it if You didn't see the original. It's a tremendously well-written show.

Don't see it if You loved the original. Beyond the megawatt performance of Cynthia Erivo, this revival doesn't live up to the hype.

Great acting, Great writing, Intense, Dizzying, Great singing

See it if You liked the book or the film. You like lots of gospel style singing. You like a plot that may make you squirm. You like historic drama.

Don't see it if Overly amped singing and music won't annoy you. . I found the first 20 minutes excruciating with screeching sound ! Blatant abuse within !

Absorbing, Entertaining, Intense, Emotional, Great singing

See it if you want to see and hear some great actresses belting out a series of gripping songs

Don't see it if you like lavish musicals with fancy sets and lots of chorus girls and boys.

Jubilant, Triumphant, Life affirming

See it if you're ready for a tear jerking knee slapping jump to your feet and holler theater experience. Fantastic performances by the 3 female leads.

Don't see it if you didn't like the movie, you're looking for elaborate sets and costumes or you have a problem with an audience that hollers back.

Great acting, Exquisite, Absorbing

See it if you want to see the best singing on Broadway. The leads are absolutely exceptional and the entire ensemble is superb. Emotional performances

Don't see it if you don't like soulful singing, are looking for a more classical score (the music here veers more towards gospel than show tunes).

Exquisite, Great acting, Great staging, Refreshing, Great singing

See it if Love the score but hated the original version. This production reduces the show to a great story with fascinating staging, fab singing.

Don't see it if Minimalist staging confuses you.

Absorbing, Must see, Profound

See it if You like great stories, which are very emotional. somewhat funny and include amazing singing.

Don't see it if you do not like very emotional stories.

Great acting, Great staging

See it if You like great performances (amongst the best I have seen recently) and interesting staging

Don't see it if You need more than great performances supporting a rather unoriginal, simplistic plot with unsubtle character development.

Masterful, Must see, Resonant, Profound

See it if you want to see John Doyle's best minimalist revival to date of an American musical.

Don't see it if if you have weak eardrums. The volume or over amplification is the show's only drawback.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Must see, Riveting

See it if you want to see something uplifting and akin to spending the morning in church. It's so spiritual, so powerful.

Don't see it if you want to miss the most beautiful and inspiring performance of the year.

Absorbing, Funny, Great acting

See it if you want good singing and you want to see an outstanding performance: cynthia erivo. well staged even if simple set. funny and touching.

Don't see it if you are tired of color purple.

Absorbing, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Resonant

See it if enjoy being taken on an emotional journey; the night I went there was a much deserved standing ovation mid-show

Don't see it if you want light entertainment

Entertaining, Powerhouse singing, Feministic, A great blend of humor, sadness, and everything in between, Uplifting

See it if you want to see the powerhouse performances of some top-notch women who will make your heart soar and the audience roar at any given moment.

Don't see it if expecting a complex set, intricate dance numbers, or lavish costuming. This is a thinking musical with beautiful subtlety rather than glitz.

Also I had the pleasure of seeing The Color Purple during one of the final ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Great acting, Great writing, Moving

See it if you want to see a great ensemble cast in a moving and surprisingly uplifting version of the show.

Don't see it if you aren't interested in Alice Walker's novel or don't like dramatic musicals

Great acting, Great singing, Moving, Resonant, Emotional

See it if Energetic, soaring musical of Alice Walker's novel; amazing vocals; Cynthia Erivo and Danielle Brooks were standouts; many standing ovations

Don't see it if I loved the minimalist set with clever use of chairs as props, but others may find it sparse; Jennifer Hudson was weakest part of cast.

Masterful, Riveting, Deeply touching, Absorbing, Excellent singing

See it if you enjoyed the book, movie, &/or the original show. They can ALL be loved & cherished, along with THIS version, although ALL are different.

Don't see it if you didn't enjoy any of the aforementioned. This revival is masterful, deeply-touching, staged SIMPLY, w/amazing singing, sprinkled w/humor.

Also BY FAR surpasses the original broadway production. No fluff, no muss. ... Read more Read less

Absorbing, Entertaining, Great acting, Great staging, Great singing

See it if You want to experience a fresh, new staging of a classic musical by John Doyle.This is an outstanding production,with a terrific cast.

Don't see it if You are expecting a light,fluffy musical.I would suggest researching the story if it unfamiliar to you prior to purchasing tickets.

December 10th, 2015
"'The Color Purple' has been born again, and its conversion is a glory to behold…The current version is a slim, fleet-footed beauty...There’s a deep wealth of power within its restraint…It takes hard work, ruthless editing and a spark of genius to make a miracle on Broadway. That’s certainly true...
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December 10th, 2015
"Doyle’s production intensifies 'The Color Purple' and brings out its deeper hues. The musical blossoms into a classic…Doyle’s elegantly minimal production keeps Celie in sharp central focus throughout…Celie’s journey has a clearer sense of direction than before...Erivo is supported by a mighty s...
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December 10th, 2015
"A kind of theatrical CPR, restarting the heart of a show that, in its original production, seemed to die before your eyes…'The Color Purple' does still have its awkward elements: When the second act steps away from Celie, it loses focus and momentum…Doyle gets everything out of 'The Color Purple...
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December 10th, 2015
"This revelatory overhaul is characterized by its grace, restraint and soaring spirituality, peeling back the excess to expose the life-affirming material's molten emotional core. It remakes a patchy musical as a thrilling one…This production's manifold acts of renewal go far beyond its remarkabl...
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