“The Color Purple” will bring tears of joy to your eyes. It is magnificent! The singing is heavenly, the cast divine, the musical is extraordinarily empowering, the energy throughout is sublime. “The Color Purple” has it all—an intense storyline, the comedic relief of the gossiping Church Ladies and the blessed singing voices of a phenomenal cast.

Playing at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre at West 45th Street, the musical—with a book by Marsha Norman and Brenda Russell, music and lyrics by Allee Willis and Stephen Bray and based on the Alice Walker novel and Warner Bros. movie—opens with a church service that gets you going.

These voices soar! Within that opening song, the audience is introduced to the basic storyline, and you find yourself interested and intrigued. This is a story with rape, racism and brutality, along with love, family bonds, hope and empowerment.

When you hear that cast members are making their Broadway debuts, you hope to be mesmerized, entertained and moved. That’s exactly what happens as you watch the inaugural performances of “The Color Purple” stars Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks. These ladies are stunning to experience. Erivo is touching as Celie. You experience all the hurt, disappointment, pain, low self-esteem and confidence issues that she undergoes. You can understand her momentary lack of faith in God for all that has transpired in her life. Erivo is phenomenal!

Hudson is cast as the sexy, smoldering Shug Avery, and she wears it well. Her character is strong, tender and sensitive but with a selfish side. Hudson is very capable in her strong presentation of the role.

Brooks (from TV’s “Orange Is the New Black”) does a marvelous performance as Sofia. Her character has a strength that makes you cheer. It is such a complete contrast to the submissive personality of Celie. Sofia not only speaks up for herself but will physically defend herself, such as when her husband tries to abuse her.

Isaiah Johnson is superb in the cruel role of Mister. His performance is so intensely felt that you truly do see the transformation that the character experiences after being cursed by Celie. Kevyn Morrow is blunt and cruel as Pa, Celie’s stepfather and the father of her children. Joaquina Kalukango is moving as Nettie. The bond that Celie and Nettie share is beautiful to watch. Kyle Scatliffe as Harpo truly has a sizzling and passionate exchange with Brooks. When they perform a song called “Any Little Thing,” you’ll need to use your Playbill to fan yourself the stage gets so hot with passion and moments of humor.

Memorable songs abound in “The Color Purple.” When Shug sings “Too Beautiful for Words” to Celie, it is beautiful, gentle and tender. “Push da Button” is a fun song, and Shug and company really get the audience excited. When “Hell No” is sung by Sofia and the Church Ladies, it is an empowering, fun number that had everyone applauding and laughing. So many songs in this musical are showstoppers.

When you walk out of the theater, you’ll feel inspired, empowered, refreshed and rejuvenated by the joyous noise coming from the stage. It is wonderful that Oprah Winfrey and the others who had a hand in bringing this production back to Broadway did so. The musical, with superb direction and musical staging by John Doyle, it is a breathtaking production that you will enjoy.

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