Last month Alice Walker attended the opening of the new adaptation of The Color Purple in Hollywood. The film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway musical hit on theaters Christmas Day. Alice was joined by Oprah Winfrey, and many members of the film’s starry cast, including Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Corey Hawkins, David Alan Grier, Colman Domingo, H.E.R., Ciara and Deon Cole.
A Broadway musical adaptation of A Color Purple produced by Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey opened on Broadway in New York in 2005 and was revived in 2015 with Cynthia Erivo. The revival starred Jennifer Hudson, Danielle Brooks and Cynthia Erivo.
This latest iteration of “The Color Purple” is a movie musical starring “American Idol” winner Fantasia Barrino as Celie. The film is considered a revived and reformatted version of the Broadway musical and not a strict re-creation of the stage show, which was almost entirely sung-through. The film is directed by Blitz Bazawule and adapted for the screen by poet and playwright Marcus Gardley. Spielberg and Jones return as producers for the 2023 film, along with its Broadway producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, the latter of whom also starred in the 1985 film.