The Denver Center for the Performing Arts Theatre Company has announced the lineup for two of its upcoming productions, including a return of The 39 Steps and the hit Broadway musical The Color Purple.
The Color Purple, which will run March 31-May 7, will star Maiesha McQueen (Waitress) as Celie, Angela Wildflower (Motown: The Musical) as Shug, Taylor J. Washington (Brooklyn the Musical) as Sofia, Torrey Linder (Beautiful–The Carole King Musical) as Harpo, and David Aron Damane (The Book of Mormon) as Mister.
The production will also feature D’Marreon Alexander (Beautiful–The Carole King Musical) as Adam/Ensemble, Katelyn Bowman (Little Shop of Horrors) as Understudy, Elise Frances Daniells (Dreamgirls) as Squeak/Ensemble, Arnold Harper II (Ain’t Misbehavin’) as Buster/Grady/Ensemble, Rajané Katurah (Beauty and the Beast) as Olivia/Ensemble, Ne’Lashee’ (Ain’t Misbehavin’) as Doris/Ensemble, Caleb Mitchell (Songs for a New World) as Understudy, Elexis Morton (Jubilee) as Nettie/Ensemble, Domonique Paton (Wicked) as Jarene/Ensemble, Brad Raymond (Chasin’ Dem Blues) as Preacher/Ol 'Mister/Ensemble, Steven C. Rich (CATS) as Pa/Ensemble, Nathan Andrew Riley (The Lion King) as Bobby/Guard/Ensemble, and Christine Wanda (Once on this Island) as Darlene/Ensemble.
The Color Purple will be directed by Timothy Douglas with choreography by Dane Figueroa Edidi, music direction by S. Renee Clark, scenic design by Tony Cisek, costume design by Trevor Bowen, lighting design by Peter Maradudin, sound design by Ken Travis, intimacy choreography by Greg Geffrard, fight direction by Geoffrey Kent, casting by Binder Casting and Grady Soapes, and stage management by Corin Davidson, Nick Nyquist, and Malia Stoner.
The musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Stephen Spielberg film) features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray.
The 39 Steps, which will run April 14-June 18, will star Henry Walter Greenberg (Bhangin’ It) as Clown, Nate Miller (JUNK) as Clown, Amelia Pedlow as Annabella/Pamela/Margaret, and Marco Alberto Robinson as Richard Hannay.
Annie Barbour will play the role of Annabella/Pamela/Margaret June 13-18, in addition to understudying the role. Seth Dhonau will serve as the male understudy.
The 39 Steps will be directed by Meredith McDonough with scenic design by Lex Liang, costume design by Kathleen Geldard, lighting design by Isabella Byrd, sound design by Lindsay Jones (Slave Play), shadow puppetry by Andy Gaukel, fight direction by Geoffrey Kent, dramaturgy by Kimberly Colburn, casting by Bass/Valle Casting and Grady Soapes, and stage management by Megan Winters and Rick Mireles.
Adapted by Patrick Barlow, The 39 Steps is based on an original concept by Simon Corble and Nobby Dimon and on the book by John Buchan.
"The DCPA Theatre Company season is rounding out with two productions that audiences will love and recognize,” says Artistic Director Chris Coleman. “The Color Purple is a beloved award-winning book, movie and musical that shares the story of one woman’s journey to freedom and building her new life. Closing our season, Denver audiences will remember the 2010 sold-out run of the fast-paced adventure-comedy inspired by the Alfred Hitchcock film, The 39 Steps, and we are thrilled to bring an all-time audience favorite back with a fresh take and even more hilarity.”
For more information, visit DenverCenter.org.