Adrianna Hicks, Carla R. Stewart, Carrie Compere to Lead Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Color Purple

Regional News   Adrianna Hicks, Carla R. Stewart, Carrie Compere to Lead Paper Mill Playhouse’s The Color Purple
 
The three will reprise their performances from the Tony-winning revival’s national tour.

Members of the current national tour of The Color Purple will reprise their performances when the Tony-winning revival heads to New Jersey’s Paper Mill Playhouse this fall.

Adrianna Hicks and cast of the <i>Color Purple </i>National Tour
Adrianna Hicks and cast of the Color Purple National Tour Matthew Murphy

Adrianna Hicks, Carla R. Stewart, and Carrie Compere—all of whom appeared in the 2015 Broadway revival and lead the traveling production ending August 26 in Washington, D.C.—will take the stage once more as Celie, Shug Avery, and Sofia, respectively.

Joining them at the Millburn venue will be tour co-stars Gavin Gregory as Mister, N’Jameh Camara as Nettie, and Jay Donnell as Harpo.

Rounding out the company will be Darnell Abraham, Amar Atkins, Kyle E. Baird, Angela Birchett, Erica Durham, Bianca Horn, Jamal James, Mekhai Lee, Gabrielle Reid, C.E. Smith, Will T. Travis, Nyla Watson, J.D. Webster, Brit West, and Nikisha Williams.

Performances will run September 26 through October 21. As previously reported, the John Doyle-helmed production replaces the initially announced Andrew Lloyd Webber retrospective Unmasked, which Doyle co-created.

The revival opened on Broadway in 2015 following a run at London's Menier Chocolate Factory, catapulting the career of Cynthia Erivo, who earned a Tony Award for her performance as Celie, a black southern woman who embarks on a decades-long journey of self-acceptance and love despite a series of hardships.

The musical, which first premiered on Broadway in 2005, features a book by Marsha Norman and a score by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis.

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