The Color Purple, named Best Revival in the 2016 Tony Awards, plays its final performance January 8. Directed by John Doyle and starring Cynthia Erivo, who won the Tony for Best Actress in a Musical, the revival opened December 10, 2015, and will have played 33 previews and 449 regular performances when it closes.
A North American tour of the production is scheduled to launch in the fall of 2017. The New York Times reported that the show will be close to recoupment of its initial investment when it closes. Producers hope to move into profitability during the tour.
Based on Alice Walker‘s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same title, The Color Purple tells “an unforgettable story of enduring love and triumph over adversity.”
The production currently starred Erivo, along with Grammy and Tony Award winner Jennifer Holliday; and the Tony-nominated Danielle Brooks. The company of The Color Purple also included Isaiah Johnson, Jennie Harney, Kyle Scatliffe, Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, J. Daughtry, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevin Mambo, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb.