The Colour Purple musical first hit Broadway in 2005, to much critical acclaim and adulation. In 2016, a revival was introduced, and South Africans have been privileged to have this gripping production return in August. 

 

The Colour Purple musical is based on the eponymous 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by the notable Alice Walker. The story beautifully and poignantly captures the struggles of Africa-American women, particularly in the early 1900s. It is the story of 14-year-old Celie, who moves from one abusive setting to another, only to discover a piece of herself she never believed existed. The Colour Purple musical won a Tony Award in 2016, and a Grammy Award in 2017; this is no surprise at all as the show is worthy of all the exaltation and applause – this musical is glorious! A production that is enthralling from act 1, gospel, blues, jazz, and ragtime rhythms coupled with sonorous vocals take you on a memorable and touching journey through the turbulent and ultimately triumphant life of Celie, played by the talented Didintle Khunou. Didintle’s singing is incredibly moving. She does an outstanding job as a singer and narrator. Aubrey Poo’s booming portrayal of the belligerent Mister is goosebump-inducing, to say the least. Lerato Mvelase surprised us all with her powerful singing and sensual portrayal of Shug Avery. Then there’s the audience’s favourite: the defiant and bold Sophia portrayed by Neo Motaung. What was even more impressive about the production was the accuracy of the southern accents; the cast did a stellar job in transporting us to early mid-century Georgia.

 

“It’s a magnificent piece of work with a theme that South Africans need to emulate, and rise up against brutish partners to take control of their own destinies.” – The Daily Maverick. 

 

 

The direction exudes excellence, of course, it is the work of none other than the multi-award-winning Janice Honeyman. The Colour Purple musical is stirring, funny, entertaining, and just splendid. You will laugh, you will cry; you will fight the urge to get up and dance or shout amen. Your heart will skip a few beats, and you might even ululate.  Such a heart-rending story of endurance, sisterhood, growth and resilience, with prolific actors and singers. It is such an incredible exhibition of the talent South Africa possesses.


To book your ticket for August, visit www.joburgtheatre.com