Theatrical Thrusday – The Color Purple

I’ve been really excited to start this feature since I first came up with the idea. I hope that you enjoy it too.

I find that a novel is rarely duplicated and not when it changes medium something about it falls short. When it comes to The Color Purple, Alice Walker’s masterpiece I’ve enjoyed it in all of it’s entities. Unfortunately, I’m not really impressed that the talk show queen (Oprah) has taken such a large role in spreading the word of the novel. In fact, if I’m wanting to read a novel I will not even consider the book if it has her book club seal on, I’ll find one without it.

There some aspects of the book that stick out and make you very happy when you see it in its other forms. Take the moment that Celie decides to leave Mister, the musical did a great job but so did movie:

I really enjoy the film and it’s because of scenes like that one that make it truly thrilling. And being a huge fan of live theatre I was thrilled to hear that this novel was also made into a musical. And as per the rant above I was disappointed that Oprah took a large producing role but I wanted to really see it when came to Toronto and wasn’t going to let that stop me.

When I saw the presentation during the Tony awards it made me want to see it even more.

After seeing that how could anyone want to pass the opportunity to see the stage production? The soulful tunes that are in the production bring Alice Walker’s novel to life in a whole new way. I would strongly suggest seeing it if you ever get the opportunity. The novel and film are also an experience to participate in.

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2 thoughts on “Theatrical Thrusday – The Color Purple

  1. Interesting post. I’ve read the book and was pleased by the movie. I rarely bother with films of books as they usually disappoint but this one did not. I didn’t know there was a musical. I personally don’t like musicals but I can see how this story would work well as one. It’s such an important story, and a rich one to work with. Theatrical Thursday seems like a nice idea.

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