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Box Office at (504) 862-7529


ABCT Presents the Magnificent Grammy-Nominated Musical Saga ‘THE COLOR PURPLE’ None

The Color Purple, the Musical

May 22-24, 29-31-June 5-7 & 12-14

Special Note:  Sunday, June 7, 8:00 pm show ONLY!

Friday and Saturday 8:00pm

Sunday matinee 3:00pm

Anthony Bean Community Theater

1333 South Carrollton Ave.

(504) 862-PLAY (7529)

Tickets: $25  


New Orleans, La….The Color Purple is coming to Anthony Bean Community Theater. Prepare …to be moved and inspired by this new musical adaptation of the groundbreaking novel and movie adapted by Marsha Norman from the Classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Aliee Willis and Stephen Bray! Directed by Anthony Bean and choreographed by Giselle Nakhid. Vocals by Steve Burke and Musical directions by Emanuel Burke. THE COLOR PURPLE features over 30 extremely talented, singers and dancers throughout the New Orleans area; among them: Asia Nelson as Celie. Damien A. Moses as Mister. DC PauL as Harpo, Giselle Nakhid as Netti, Tomeka L. Williams as Shug and Jade Hillery as Sofia - ABCT will stage the first local production of this smash Broadway hit.  From the moving film by Steven Spielberg, 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.  Set to a joyous score featuring jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, The Color Purple is a story of hope, a testament to the healing power of love, and a celebration of life. 

30th Year Anniversary

“You told Harpo to beat me!”

“I loves Harpo. God knows I do, but I’ll kill him dead fo’ I let him beat me”

“You sho’ is ugly”

These are just a few of the oft-quoted lines from film version of The Color Purple. In fact, it’s not at all that uncommon to find black people who can literally recite the entire film line by line. Today The Color Purple is such a beloved film in the black community that it’s hard to fathom that it wasn’t loved by everybody when it was released 30 years ago on December 18, 1985. But times don’t necessarily change all that much.

The Color Purple, the musical was originally work shopped by the Alliance Theatre in way at The Broadway Theatre on December 1, 2005. It was produced by Scott SandersQuincy Jones and Oprah Winfrey. The musical successfully closed on February 24, 2008,

ABCT creative team includes:  Dane Rhodes (scenic), Vic Woodward (lighting designer), Ms. B (costumes), Staci Tolliver (stage manager) and Michelle Briscoe Long (production manager)


The Color Purple

Performance Schedule is as follows:


Friday, May 22 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 23 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 24 at 3:00 PM

Friday, May 29 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, May 30 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, May 31 at 3:00 PM

Friday, June 5 at 8: PM

Saturday, June 6 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 7 at 8:00 PM

Friday, June 12 at 8:00 PM

Saturday, June 13 at 8:00 PM

Sunday, June 14 at 3:00 PM


Tickets are $25 and special pricing for groups of 12+ are available by calling the Box Office at (504) 862-PLAY (7529). Box Office hours are Thursday - Saturday, 6pm - 8pm and two hours before performances.

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