PHOTO CALL: The Color Purple Shines Down South, Aiming for NYC

News   PHOTO CALL: The Color Purple Shines Down South, Aiming for NYC The world premiere production of the new musical The Color Purple, which is anticipating Broadway bow, is currently running at Atlanta's Alliance Theatre Company.

Top: LaChanze, Bottom: Adriane Lenox
Top: LaChanze, Bottom: Adriane Lenox

LaChanze, of Broadway's Once On This Island, returns to the stage as Celie, the role played by Whoopi Goldberg in the 1985 Steven Spielberg film.

Gary Griffin directs the piece, which is based upon the novel by Alice Walker. Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Marsha Norman ('night, Mother) has adapted the novel for the stage, with music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. The production is scheduled to run in Atlanta through Oct. 17, with an expected Broadway run sometime in 2005.

Photos courtesy of the Alliance Theatre

Clockwise From Top Left: Felicia Fields, Kingsley Leggs, Adriane Lenox and LaChanze
Clockwise From Top Left: Felicia Fields, Kingsley Leggs, Adriane Lenox and LaChanze