The Color Purple musical film release date and first details revealed

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The first details on the upcoming The Color Purple musical film adaptation have been revealed.

The Color Purple musical is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film.


With a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bra, the musical follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South, over 40 years in the mid-20th century.

The screen adaptation of the musical is being produced by Oprah Winfrey, Steven Spielberg, Scott Sanders, and Quincy Jones.

Marcus Gardley will pen the screenplay while direction will come from Blitz Bazawule, who co-directed BeyoncĂ©’s Black Is King.

The release date for The Color Purple musical has been scheduled for 20 December, 2023.

In the Heights star Corey Hawkins is rumoured to play Harpo while H.E.R. is set to play Squeak with full casting to be confirmed.

The Color Purple musical held its world premiere in Altanta in 2004 before transferring to Broadway where the production received eleven Tony nominations.

The show debuted in London in 2013 at at The Menier Chocolate Factory starring Cynthia Erivo. The production transferred to Broadway in 2015 for a revival, with Erivo reprising her lead role, winning the Tony Awards for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Erivo.

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