The Color Purple Author Alice Walker Appears at New York Public Library Talk, Nov. 30

News   The Color Purple Author Alice Walker Appears at New York Public Library Talk, Nov. 30
Pulitzer Prize winner Alice Walker — whose novel serves as the source material for Broadway's musical The Color Purple — will appear in a New York Public Library event on the eve of the show's opening night.

Part of the "LIVE from the NYPL" series Walker will speak with New York Times critic Margo Jefferson Nov. 30 at 7:30 PM in the Celeste Bartos Forum at The New York Public Library, located on Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street.

Ticket to the event are $15 by general admission and $10 by library donors, seniors and students with valid identification. To purchase seats, call (212) 868-4444. For more information, visit

Walker earned the Pulitzer Prize as well as the American Book Award for her novel, "The Color Purple," which was adapted for the big screen in 1985 by Steven Spielberg. Other novels include "By the Light of My Father’s Smile," "Possessing the Secret of Joy," "The Temple of My Familiar" and "Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart."

The musical The Color Purple began previews at the Broadway Theatre Nov. 1 toward an official opening Dec. 1.

Gary Griffin stages the work featuring a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman ('night, Mother). Music is by pop songwriters Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Spanning over 40 years, The Color Purple is "an inspiring family saga that tells the unforgettable story of a woman, who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world," as a release states. The show's score blends "gospel, jazz, ragtime and the blues."

Oprah Winfrey, who appeared as Sofia in the Steven Spielberg film version opposite Whoopi Goldberg as Celie and Danny Glover as Albert, is the musical's sole above the-title producer. The Color Purple's Broadway producing team also includes Scott Sanders, Roy Furman, Quincy Jones, Creative Battery, Anna Fantaci & Cheryl Lachowicz, Independent Presenters Network, Lowy Family Group, Stephanie McClelland, Gary Winnick, Jan Kallish, Andrew Asnes & Adam Zotovich and Todd Johnson.

Tickets for The Color Purple on sale through (212) 239-6200, via the link below or at the Broadway Theatre Box Office at 1681 Broadway. For more information, visit the website at

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