Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre, (12/10/2015 - 1/08/2017)

First Preview: Nov 10, 2015
Opening Date: Dec 10, 2015
Closing Date: Jan 08, 2017
Total Previews: 33
Total Performances: 450

Category: Musical, Drama, Revival, Broadway

Opening Night Production Staff

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization (Philip J. Smith: Chairman; Robert E. Wankel: President)

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, Quincy Jones and The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director)

Book by Marsha Norman; Music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; Lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; Based upon the novel written by Alice Walker; Based on the motion picture by Warner Brothers and Amblin Entertainment Inc.; Musical Director: Jason Michael Webb; Music orchestrated by Joseph Joubert; Additional Orchestrations: Catherine Jayes

Directed by John Doyle; Musical Staging by John Doyle

Scenic Design by John Doyle; Costume Design by Ann Hould-Ward; Lighting Design by Jane Cox; Sound Design by Gregory Clarke; Hair Design by Charles G. LaPointe; Associate Costume Design: Christopher Vergara; Associate Scenic Design: David L. Arsenault; Associate Lighting Design: Tess James; Associate Sound Design: Joanna Lynne Staub; Associate Wig Design: Ashley Rae Callahan

General Manager: Bespoke Theatricals; Associate Gen. Mgr: Danielle Saks; Company Manager: Doug Gaeta

Production Manager: Juniper Street Productions; Production Stage Manager: Matt DiCarlo; Stage Manager: Sharika Niles

Musical Supervisor: Catherine Jayes; Musical Coordinator: Michael Keller and Michael Aarons; Conducted by Jason Michael Webb; Associate Conductor: Alvin Hough, Jr.; Reed 1: Jack Bashkow; Reed 2: Jay Brandford; Guitar: Sean Driscoll; Bass: Michael Olatuja; Trumpet: Brian Pareschi; Drums: Jared Schonig; Keyboard Programmer: Randy Cohen; Music Copying: Emily Grishman Music Preparation/Emily Grishman, Katharine Edmonds

Casting: Telsey + Company and Justin Huff, C.S.A.; Press Representative: Polk & Co.; Advertising: SPOTCo, Inc.; Digital: Situation Interactive; Marketing: Type A Marketing; Marketing and Press Outreach: Linda Stewart; Fight Consultant: Thomas Schall; Fight Captain: Sharika Niles; Dance Captain: Grasan Kingsberry; Photographer: Matthew Murphy

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Opening Night Cast

Cynthia Erivo
Broadway debut
Celie
Jennifer Hudson
Broadway debut
Shug Avery
(Nov 10, 2015 - May 08, 2016)
Danielle Brooks
Broadway debut
Sofia
(Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 13, 2016)
Isaiah JohnsonMister
(Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 13, 2016)
Joaquina KalukangoNettie
(Nov 10, 2015 - Sep 18, 2016)
Kyle ScatliffeHarpo
Dwayne ClarkGuard
Lawrence ClaytonPreacher/Ol' Mister
Carrie CompereChurch Lady
(Nov 10, 2015 - Nov 13, 2016)
Patrice Covington
Broadway debut
Squeak
Bre JacksonChurch Lady
Grasan KingsberryAdam/Buster
Kevyn MorrowPa
Antoine L. SmithGrady
Carla R. Stewart
Broadway debut
Olivia
Akron Watson
Broadway debut
Bobby
Rema WebbChurch Lady

Swings: Phoenix Best, Adrianna Hicks and Ken Robinson

Understudies: Phoenix Best (Olivia, Squeak), Dwayne Clark (Buster, Pa), Lawrence Clayton (Buster, Guard), Carrie Compere (Sofia), Patrice Covington (Nettie), Adrianna Hicks (Celie, Church Lady, Nettie, Squeak), Bre Jackson (Celie), Grasan Kingsberry (Harpo), Kevyn Morrow (Mister), Ken Robinson (Mister, Ol' Mister), Antoine L. Smith (Adam, Harpo), Carla R. Stewart (Church Lady, Shug Avery, Sofia), Akron Watson (Grady) and Rema Webb (Shug Avery)

Awards and Nominations

Tony Award®

winner 2016 Best Revival of a Musical [winner] 

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director) and Quincy Jones

winner 2016 Best Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role in a Musical [winner] 

Cynthia Erivo

 2016 Best Performance by an Actress in a Featured Role in a Musical [nominee] 

Danielle Brooks

 2016 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 

John Doyle

Drama Desk Award

 2016 Outstanding Revival of a Musical or Revue [nominee] 

Produced by Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, Tom Siracusa, Caiola Productions, James Fantaci, Ted Liebowitz, Stephanie P. McClelland, James L. Nederlander, Darren Bagert, Candy Spelling, Adam Zotovich, Eric Falkenstein/Morris Berchard, Just For Laughs Theatricals/Tanya Link Productions, Adam S. Gordon, Jam Theatricals, Kelsey Grammer, Independent Presenters Network, Carol Fineman, Sandy Block, Quincy Jones and The Menier Chocolate Factory (David Babani, Artistic Director)

winner 2016 Outstanding Actress in a Musical [winner] 

Cynthia Erivo

 2016 Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical [nominee] 

Danielle Brooks

 2016 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Catherine Jayes

 2016 Outstanding Orchestrations [nominee] 

Joseph Joubert

 2016 Outstanding Lighting Design for a Musical [nominee] 

Jane Cox

winner 2016 Outstanding Director of a Musical [winner] 

John Doyle

Theatre World

winner 2016 Award [recipient] 

Danielle Brooks

winner 2016 Award [recipient] 

Cynthia Erivo

Songs

ACT 1 Sung By
Huckleberry Pie
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie and Nettie
Mysterious Ways
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Company
Somebody Gonna Love You
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie
Our Prayer
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Nettie, Celie and Mister
Big Dog
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Mister and Men
Hell No!
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Sofia and Women
Brown Betty
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Harpo, Squeak and Men
Shug Avery Comin' to Town
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Mister, Celie and Company
Too Beautiful for Words
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Shug Avery
Push Da Button
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Shug Avery and Company
Uh-Oh!
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Company
What About Love?
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie and Shug Avery
ACT 2 Sung By
African Homeland
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Nettie, Celie and Company
The Color Purple
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Shug Avery
Mister's Song
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Mister
Miss Celie's Pants
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie and Women
Any Little Thing
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Harpo and Sofia
I'm Here
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie
The Color Purple (Reprise)
(music by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray; lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray )
Celie and Company

Replacement/Transfer Info


The following people are credited as replacements or additions if they were not credited on opening night.


Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre

(12/10/2015 - 1/8/2017)
Reed 2: Greg Riley; Keyboards: Jason Michael Webb, Alvin Hough, Jr.; Harmonica: Sean Driscoll; Flugelhorn: Brian Pareschi; Percussion: Jared Schonig.

Marketing: Elyce Henkin.

Cast

Carrie Compere
Sofia (Nov 15, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)
Jennie Harney
Broadway debut
Nettie (Sep 20, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)
Heather Headley
Shug Avery (May 10, 2016 - Oct 2, 2016)
Jennifer Holliday
Shug Avery (Oct 4, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)
Kevin Mambo
Pa
Nathaniel Stampley
Mister (Nov 15, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)
Carla R. Stewart
Church Lady (Nov 15, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)
Brit West
Broadway debut
Olivia (Nov 15, 2016 - Jan 8, 2017)



Understudies: Phoenix Best (Church Lady), Angela Birchett (Church Lady), J. Daughtry (Adam, Bobby, Buster, Grady, Guard), Adrianna Hicks (Olivia), Kevin Mambo (Mister), Ken Robinson (Bobby, Buster, Grady, Guard, Pa), Antoine L. Smith (Bobby, Ol' Mister), Akron Watson (Adam), Brit West (Church Lady, Sofia).


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