Purple reigns at SHN’s Orpheum

May 03

<i>Purple</i> reigns at SHN’s Orpheum

When I originally reviewed the musical version of The Color Purple based on Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Steven Spielberg's 1985 movie version, I felt the production was too Broadway slick and the score was too bland. The only thing that worked – and indeed the thing that saved that October 2007 touring production – was Walker's story and her powerful characters. (Read the review here.)

That was only 11 years ago, but The Color Purple is back.

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`Purple’ prose winner

Nov 05

Michael Tubbs, a 12th grader at Franklin High School in Sacramento County, is the winner of the essay contest sponsored by the musical production of The Color Purple now at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco. Out of nine semi-finalists, Alice Walker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of the original novel, chose Tubbs as the winner of the contest, which asked...

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Review: `The Color Purple’

Oct 13

Opened Oct. 12, 2007 at the Orpheum Theatre, San Francisco Purple musical finally finds its voice Three stars: Lumpy, ultimately beautiful bundle Those first few moments of the overture are crushing as you think, “Hey, I came here for The Color Purple, not for `Rejected Themes from `The Love Boat.’ ” In theory, the notion of turning Alice...

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Color her proud: Oakland’s LaToya London stars in `Purple’

Oct 04

When she was born in San Francisco and raised in Oakland, she was called LaToya London, the name the country got to know when she emerged as someone to watch on Season 3 of “American Idol.” But these days, the “LaToya” is history and the “London” is preferred. “I love the name I was born with, but as an artist, I prefer to...

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`Purple’ prose

Sep 17

Alice Walker, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Color Purple, is now looking for the color of excellence. Last week at Oakland’s Skyline High School, Walker kicked off a Bay Area-wide essay contest in conjunction with the touring Broadway musical based on The Color Purple, which opens Oct. 9 at San Francisco’s Orpheum Theatre. The contest is...

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Casting announced for `Purple’ tour

Aug 13

Tickets go on sale Sunday, Aug. 19 for The Color Purple, the Oprah Winfrey-produced musical based on Alice Walker’s novel of the same name. Jeannette Bayardelle (below, center), who comes from the Broadway cast (the show is a Broadway hit — it opened last December at the Broadway Theatre), will play lead character Celie. Felicia P. Fields, Tony nominated...

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