The Color Purple Ahmanson Theatre
Many say watching the movie is nothing like reading to book. It the case of The Color Purple, watching the movie pales in comparison to seeing this amazing show performed as live theatre. Though the movie does tell this feminist tale originally written told by Alice Walker beautifully, watching The Color Purple as a play is an epic and profound experience we should all be so lucky to take part in.
For those who have a heart permanently in a seat on Broadway, hearing that The Color Purple is coming to theaters is a blessing, seeing as it represents the true blood and beauty of serious book musicals that have now become so few and far between.
In the tale of The Color Purple, Celie is a poor young girl raised in the South. Through the horrors that The Color Purple's lead is faced with in childhood. Her abusive father impregnates her twice, and rids each away; her shocking excuse for a husband Mister takes Celie away from her sister Nettie who is pretty much the only one who loved her, and then Mister continues to treat his wife like a piece of meat.
But the thing that is so amazing throughout all of these horrible things The Color Purples Celie is going through is that through it all she doesn't weep for what she is going through, or dwell on all the bad. Celie instead is almost always taking the time to smile and has such a beautiful quirky outlook on life, hopes, and just being alive! It truly touches everyone in The Color Purple audience and will definitely bring a many to tears.
It is through this loving and heartfelt connection the audience feels for Celie in The Color Purple, that makes it all the more exciting and like watching a bird fly from the nest for the first time as she goes step by step from being treated like a doormat to becoming a self-sufficient strong young woman. In watching The Color Purple on stage, audiences are just captivated and drawn in by her magnetic view and adorable cute little dances she bust out every once in a while which makes the audience just want to root her on to keep on trucking sister you got it!
One of the more riskay parts of The Color Purple, is when the sensual singer by the name of Shug Avery come on to stage and performs her steamy number "Push Da Button" which gives the musical and respectfully playful touch.
Also adding an amazing touch of humor to The Color Purple are the characters Kimberly Ann Harris, Virginia Ann Woodruff, and Maia Nkenge Wilson. Their constant bickering and commentary is perfectly timed and perfected by all three.
The Color Purple live in the form of musical theater is one of the most beautiful works of art that captures the trueness of life at such a level that one will most likely walk away from such an experience with a little extra push to grab life and enjoy it to the best we can, with a little kick in our step, and a piece of Celie in our hearts.
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