Review by Emma Citron
Last week I got to see the Tony-winning Best Revival of The Color Purple, an inspirational musical that tells the triumphant story of Celie. The musical is set in the American South and is based on the novel of the same name by Alice Walker.
This is one of the strongest casts I've seen in a long time. Everyone does an amazing job and brings something important to the show and their roles. The obvious standout is Cynthia Erivo as Celie, who gives one of the greatest performances I've ever seen. Her brilliant rendition of "I'm Here," the empowering eleven-o-clock number, is a definite highlight of the 2015-2016 season, and I'm thrilled that she won the Tony Award for Best Actress. Other cast standouts include Heather Headley as Shug Avery. I've seen this production once before with Jennifer Hudson, and while I love Hudson's powerhouse vocals, I preferred Headley's overall performance. Danielle Brooks plays Sofia and steals every scene she is in, making her big song "Hell No!" another thrilling moment of the production. Another standout is Isaiah Johnson as Mister.
The Color Purple appeared on Broadway 10 years ago, and the production value was lavish to match the epic story. The current revival is directed by John Doyle, and he goes the opposite direction by giving the show a minimalistic approach. The only set pieces are chairs used throughout the show. This way the audience can focus on the phenomenal acting and singing onstage.
This revival is a must-see and deserves all the critical acclaim it has received. I give it 10/10 escapes!