The 1930s-set family chronicle centres on black teenager Celie, as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish and hope to discover the power of love and life in racially divided southern America. The musical premiered in 2004, receiving its Broadway premiere in 2005 and going on to by nominated for ten Tony Awards. It ran until 2008 and has since been revived for several national US toursPerformers Joanna Francis (Shug Avery), Ako Mitchell (Mister), Simon-Anthony Rhoden (Harpo), Karen Mavundukure (Sofia), Danielle Fiamanya (Nettie), Delroy Brown (Pa), T'Shan Williams (Celie), Geoff Aymer, Owen Chaponda, Perola Congo, KM Drew Boateng, Danielle Kassarate, Anelisa Lamola, Rosemary Annabella Nkrumah, Jochebel Ohene MacCarthy, Landi Oshinowo, Jo Servi.
Book by Alice Walker. Adapted by Marsha Norman. Music Brenda Russell. Music Allee Willis. Music Stephen Bray. Lyrics Brenda Russell. Lyrics Allee Willis. Lyrics Stephen Bray. Producer The Curve. Producer Birmingham Hippodrome. Director Tinuke Craig. Design Alex Lowde. Costume Alex Lowde. Music Alex Parker (musical supervision). Music Martin Higgins (orchestrations). Choreographer Mark Smith. Lighting Joshua Pharo. Sound Tom Marshall. Design Cynthia De La Rosa (hair/make-up). Director Kay Magson (casting director).