“The Color Purple,” The Musical about Love, will play Orange’s Lutcher Theater, Feb. 1-2 at 7:30 p.m. each evening for two performances only.  Tickets range from $35-$65 and are on sale now at or by contacting the Lutcher Theater box office at 409-886-5535.

This production of “The Color Purple,” produced by Phoenix Entertainment ~ Joyful Noisemakers LLC, helmed by Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden, is the next phase in the life of the ground-breaking Broadway hit musical produced by Scott Sanders. 

The original Broadway musical opened on Dec. 1, 2005, and was nominated for eleven Tony Awards®, including Best Musical.  “The Color Purple” ran for over two years on Broadway followed by a three year First National Tour.

“The Color Purple” is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg.  It is the unforgettable and inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity, and discover her unique voice in the world.  With a joyous, GRAMMY®-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, “The Color Purple” is about hope and the healing power of love.

Michael Kuchwara of the Associated Press described “The Color Purple” as “a Roof-Raising story of triumph.”  And Richard Corliss of TIME Magazine said, “[it is] a soaring, epic tale.  It made a joyful noise in my heart.”  Elysa Gardner from USA Today raved, “Pure heart!  It celebrates the inspiring relationships of faith and love, A Broadway hit!”

“The Color Purple” is directed by Gary Griffin and features a libretto by Pulitzer Prize-winner Marsha Norman, music and lyrics by Grammy Award®-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, and choreography by Donald Byrd.  Rounding out the creative team are Tony Award®-winner John Lee Beatty (sets), Paul Tazewell (costumes), Tony Award®-winner Brian MacDevitt (lighting), Craig Cassidy (sound design), Steven M. Bishop (Orchestrations/Arrangements), and Jasper Grant (Music Director).

Stephen Kane and Michael McFadden have long been principal partners of Phoenix Entertainment and collectively share theatrical touring credits spanning nearly three decades on four continents.  Their production repertoire includes: Grease starring Frankie Avalon, The Will Rogers Follies starring Larry Gatlin, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Gypsy, Man of La Mancha, The Pajama Game, Fame, Godspell, The Vagina Monologues, The King & I, Smokey Joe’s Café, Singin’ in the Rain, Buddy, Ring of Fire and Late Nite Catechism, among others.

The original cast recording is available on EMI/Angel Records.

“The Color Purple” is sponsored locally by Dupont-Sabine River Works and by individual sponsor, Kenneth Wernig. Support is also provided by the Orange County Commissioners Court and the Hotel Tax Committee.  The Frances Ann Lutcher Theater for the Performing Arts is located at 707 Main, Orange, Texas.

Prior to the performance on Tuesday, Feb. 1, the Stark Museum of Art invites the public to a gallery spotlight and reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. to celebrate the life and artistry of internationally acclaimed African American sculptor Edmonia Lewis. During this event, the Museum will unveil its newest acquisition, Hiawatha’s Marriage, a marble sculpture created by Lewis in 1874. The evening will have four spotlight times as follows: 5:20 p.m., 5:50 p.m., 6:15 p.m. and 6:40 p.m.

The subject matter is based on an epic poem, The Song of Hiawatha, by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The sculpture depicts the wedding of Hiawatha and Minnehaha, bringing together two rival Indian tribes.

A gallery spotlight, presented by Museum Director Sarah Boehme, will explore the heritage and societal struggles of Lewis as an artist of African American and American Indian descent. Entertainment during the reception will be provided by the Andrew Guidry Jazz Band. Refreshments will be served, and admission is free.