The Color Purple: Musical Info & Synopsis


The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, a resilient yet burdened woman living in the rural American South during the early 20th century. This emotionally charged musical follows Celie’s story over the course of 40 years and explores themes of love, self-discovery, and the triumph of the human spirit.

Musical Information

Parental Warning: Adult Themes/Content

Musical Type: Contemporary (2005)

Cast Size: 10+

Genre: Drama

Setting: 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, 1930s / USA (South)

Creative Team

Music/Lyrics: Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, Stephen Bray

Book: Marsha Norman

Cast Albums

Original Broadway Cast (2005)➝

Broadway Cast (2016)➝


Audition Songs: Theatre Trip

Licensing: Theatrical Rights➝

Sheet Music: Amazon➝


2000s, Based on a Book, Black Artists, Black History, Dramatic, Female Lead, LGBTQ+, Soul

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