ASU Gammage to host Tony Award-winning musical ‘The Color Purple’

By Melissa Robbins |

The source novel for ‘The Color Purple,’ which will come to ASU Gammage from April 17 to April 22, is almost 40 years old — but for the play’s cast and director, the story of Celie is as relevant as ever, with new life breathed into it by contemporary feminist movements such as #MeToo. 

The musical, directed by John Doyle and based on the novel by Alice Walker, follows Celie, an African American woman living in the pre-World War II American South, as she and other characters learn about self-acceptance and love in a life of hardship. 

Colleen Jennings-Roggensack, executive director of ASU Gammage, said Doyle’s “essentialist” approach, which minimizes intricate set design and puts a focus on the…

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