Casting is complete for Leicester’s Curve and Birmingham Hippodrome’s co-production of the hit Broadway musical The Color Purple, based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. Directed by Tinuke Craig, the production will play at Curve, Leicester June 28–July 13, prior to a July 16–20 run at Birmingham Hippodrome.
Seyi Omooba, who was seen in the National Theatre production of Hadestown, will head the cast as Celie. Omooba, who also played the role of Nettie in the Cadogan Hall production of The Color Purple, will be joined by Joanna Francis as Shug Avery, Ako Mitchell as Mister, Simon-Anthony Rhoden as Harpo, Karen Mavundukure as Sofia, Danielle Fiamanya as Nettie, and Delroy Brown as Pa.
The company is completed by Geoff Aymer, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, KM Drew Boateng, Danielle Kassaraté, Anelisa Lamola, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Landi Oshinowo, and Jo Servi.
The Color Purple, told over the course of 40 years, follows heroine Celie as she journeys through joy, despair, anguish, and hope in her own personal awakening to discover her unique voice in the world. The musical, which premiered on Broadway in 2005, features a book by Marsha Norman and a score by Stephen Bray, Brenda Russell, and Allee Willis.
The creative team also includes set and costume designer Alex Lowde, musical supervisor Alex Parker, orchestrator Martin Higgins, choreographer Mark Smith, lighting designer Joshua Pharo, sound designer Tom Marshall, hair and makeup designer Cynthia De La Rosa, and casting director Kay Magson CDG.