The Color Purple Extends Its Stay
The Color PurpleDirected and Choreographed by Jeffrey Polk
Book by Marsha Norman
Music and Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray
The film The Color Purple captivated us, opened eyes, taught us about love, kindness, racism, independence, fighting back, and finding your voice. Now we get to relive that experience on stage thanks to the production by Jeffrey Polk. Greenway Arts Alliance brings us a Broadway-worthy performance and lucky for Angelenos, they just added a handful of additional performances.
The Color Purple is a musical adaptation of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel (and the popular 1985 Steven Spielberg film). This inspiring family saga tells the unforgettable story of Celie—a downtrodden young woman whose personal awakening over the course of 40 years forms the arc of this epic story. Celie is a woman you find inspiration and hope in. Through love, she finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.
With a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, African music and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love and a celebration of life. With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, The Color Purplepremiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on November 1, 2005. It was nominated for eleven 2006 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Book, and Best Original Score. The London off-West End production opened on Broadway in 2015, winning the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical.
THE DIRECTOR | CHOREOGRAPHERBringing passion to the stage
Director and choreographer Jeffrey Polk is a native Californian and is very honored and blessed to direct Greenway Court Theatre’s The Color Purple. His credits include: associate director for Blues in the Night at the Wallis Annenberg (Dir. Sheldon Epps); choreographer for Kiss Me, Katestarring Wayne Brady at Pasadena Playhouse (Dir. Sheldon Epps); choreographer for Dreamgirlsat Theatre Under the Stars in Houston (Dir. Sheldon Epps). He is a Guest Director with The Young Americans Music Outreach World Tours. Jeffrey directed and choreographed Smokey Joe’s Cafeat Pasadena Playhouse, for which he received an NAACP Theatre Award for “Best Director of a Musical.” He has written/ directed shows for Hillcrest Country Club along with producers Berry Gordy, Hal David and Walter Grauman. Jeffrey also performed on Broadway, National Broadway Tours and around the world.