Marisha Wallace leads cast of The Color Purple in concert at Cadogan Hall

One-night only production comes to London.

Marisha Wallace leads cast of The Color Purple in concert at Cadogan Hall

A new one-night only concert performance of the Broadway musical The Color Purple has been announced to run at London's Cadogan Hall on 21 May in order to raise funds for The British Theatre Academy.

Dreamgirls star Marisha Wallace will take on the lead role of Celie opposite Wendy Mae Brown as Sofia, Cavin Cornwall as Mister, Tyrone Huntley as Harpo, Rachel John as Shug, Hugh Maynard as Pa and Seyi Omooba as Nettie.

Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, The Color Purple tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The musical features a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. It was last seen in London at the Menier Chocolate Factory in a production which starred Cynthia Erivo which later transferred to Broadway.

The Color Purple premiered at the Alliance Theatre Company in Atlanta, Georgia and opened on Broadway on 1 November 2005. It was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2006, including ‘Best Musical’, ‘Best Book’, and ‘Best Original Score’.

The concert performance is being staged to raise money for The British Theatre Academy, a unique performing arts programme that has inspired and nurtured the talent of thousands of young performers over the past 30 years. It will feature a chorus of over 40 current BTA participants.

Produced by Matthew Chandler and Danielle Tarento it will feature musical direction by James Taylor and choreography by Mkyal Rand.

Tickets for the one-off event are now on sale.

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