Tony Gold Equals More Green for The Color Purple

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Though Broadway's The Color Purple took home only one Tony Award — for its star LaChanze — the exposure on the national broadcast brought the musical a bump in box office.

According to a production spokesperson, the show took in double its regular single ticket sales on June 12, the day following the June 11 televised Tony Award ceremony.

The musical nabbed 11 nominations for Best Musical, Best Performance by a Leading Actress (LaChanze), Best Performance by a Featured Actress (Felicia P. Fields and Elisabeth Withers-Mendes), Best Performance by a Featured Actor (Brandon Victor Dixon), Best Choreography (Donald Byrd), Best Original Score (Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray), Best Book (Marsha Norman), Best Scenic Design (John Lee Beatty), Best Costume Design (Paul Tazewell) and Best Lighting Design (Brian MacDevitt).

Gary Griffin staged the work which began on Broadway Nov. 1 at the Broadway Theatre. The new musical, featuring a score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and a book by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman ('night, Mother), officially opened Dec. 1.

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."

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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