Broadway Cast Announced for The Color Purple
Previews begin November 3rd
Jo-Carolyn Goode | 10/6/2015, 1:43 p.m.
DIRECTED AND DESIGNED BY
TONY AWARD-WINNER JOHN DOYLE
Previews begin November 10, 2015
Official opening December 10, 2015
At Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre
October 6, 2015 – Producers Scott Sanders Productions, Roy Furman, Oprah Winfrey, David Babani, and Tom Siracusa are proud to announce complete casting for this fall’s highly anticipated production of THE COLOR PURPLE, directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle.
PHOENIX BEST, DWAYNE CLARK, LAWRENCE CLAYTON, CARRIE COMPERE, PATRICE COVINGTON, ADRIANNA HICKS, BRE JACKSON, GRASAN KINGSBERRY, KEVYN MORROW, KEN ROBINSON, ANTOINE L. SMITH, CARLA R. STEWART, AKRON WATSON, and REMA WEBB join previously announced principals JENNIFER HUDSON, CYNTHIA ERIVO, DANIELLE BROOKS, ISAIAH JOHNSON, JOAQUINA KALUKANGO, and KYLE SCATLIFFE in this acclaimed staging from London’s Menier Chocolate Factory.
THE COLOR PURPLE will begin preview performances on Tuesday, November 10 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre (242 West 45th street) and will officially open on Thursday, December 10.
THE COLOR PURPLE has scenic design by John Doyle, costume design by Ann Hould-Ward, lighting design by Jane Cox, sound design by Gregory Clarke, and hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe. THE COLOR PURPLE will feature music supervision by Catherine Jayes and Music Direction by Jason Michael Webb. Casting by Telsey + Company/Justin Huff, CSA.
THE COLOR PURPLE is 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, Jam Theatricals, Adam S. Gordon, Independent Presenters Network.
Tickets for THE COLOR PURPLE, which start at $75, are currently on sale through Telecharge.com.
CYNTHIA ERIVO is appearing with the support of Actors’ Equity Association. The Producers gratefully acknowledge Actors’ Equity Association for its assistance of this production.
ABOUT THE ENSEMBLE
PHOENIX BEST is a recent graduate of DeSales University and is making his Broadway debut with this production. Regional credits include Les Miserables, Oklahoma!, Henry V, and Two Gentleman of Verona.
DWAYNE CLARK has appeared on Broadway in Spiderman (Ensemble), In the Heights (u/s Benny), Cry Baby (Dupree), Tarzan (Terk), Urinetown (u/s Bobby Strong), Smokey Joe’s Café (Adrian). National tours include Rent, Smokey Joe’s Café. Regional: Tick, Tick, Boom, Ain’t Misbehavin’. New York City Opera: Porgy and Bess (Sportin Life).
LAWRENCE CLAYTON most recently starred as Joe Boyd in Damn Yankees at the Ordway Theater in St. Paul, MN. Broadway appearances include Bells Are Ringing, It Ain’t Nothin but the Blues, The Civil War, Once upon a Mattress, and Dreamgirls. Off Broadway includes Crowns (Second Stage), Saturn Returns and Romance in Hard Times (Public), and Judas in Jesus Christ Superstar (The Theater at MSG). Regional credits include productions of Big River, Jesus Christ Superstar, The Boys from Syracuse, Betsy Brown, Sophisticated Ladies and Avenue X. He has appeared as the Tenor in Too Hot to Handel with the Baltimore and Colorado Symphonies and has also starred as Montel/Jesus in the New York Premiere of Jerry Springer the Opera at Carnegie Hall (also at Sydney Opera House). TV credits include “Homeland,” “The Good Wife,” “The Big C,” “All My Children,”” Another World,” “As the World Turns,” “One Life to Live,” “Deadline,” and “Law and Order: CSI,” among others.