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Adrianna Hicks and the North American tour cast of 'The Color Purple.'

Photo by Matthew Murphy

First published in 1982, Alice Walker’s novel “The Color Purple” has taken on a life of its own.

The Pulitzer Prize-winning best-seller remains popular — and controversial — with a long history of being banned or challenged at schools and libraries around the country. A film adaptation in 1985 by Steven Spielberg helped the story find new audiences, and in 2005, a musical adaptation premiered on Broadway. Returning to the stage a decade later in a revamped stripped-down production directed by John Doyle, “The Color Purple” earned a 2016 Tony Award for best revival.

“New York Times” critic Ben Brantley called the gospel and blues-inspired revival “a glory to behold.”

It’s this incarnation of Walker’s contemporary classic that lands at the Saenger Theatre on Feb. 20-25, as part of the East Jefferson General Hospital Broadway in New Orleans series.

Set in rural Georgia in the 1930s, “The Color Purple” is a glimpse into the rough lives of African-American men and women living in the Jim Crow-era South. The story centers on Celie, a young woman abused first by her father, then by her husband. For Celie, salvation comes in the form of a brassy blues singer named Shug, who helps Celie find the strength and courage to stand up for herself.

“The Color Purple” stars Adrianna Hicks as Celie and Carla Stewart as Shug Avery, alongside Carrie Compere, Gavin Gregory, J. Daughtry, and N’Jameh Camara.


WHEN: Feb. 20-25

WHERE: Saenger Theatre, 1111 Canal Street

TICKETS: Starting at $30

INFO: or (800) 982-2787