Color Purple Review

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Barbara Jones

Special Event Review

Music, Society & Culture

Dr. Hindi Barclay

7:15 p.m.-9:45 p.m.

The Color Purple

Fabulous Fox Theatre

On Sunday, September 27, 2009, the Fabulous Fox Theatre was filled to capacity with an audience comprised of mostly African-Americans eagerly awaiting the stage production of “The Color Purple” to begin. The stage play provided an exciting reason to schedule a family, friends or church outing. The variations of dress in the theatre range from “casual” to “dressy”, some sporting their “Sunday’s best”. The Fabulous Fox Theatre was built in 1920 as one of the grand movie palaces. Today, the Fabulous Fox Theatre hosts a multitude of artistic and cultural events. The theatre is a speculator showplace of Moorish-Egyptian style complemented by an acoustic provoking ceiling.

The stage scenery was set in rural Georgia beginning in the early 1900’s.  The set changes were almost seamless throughout the entire performance. The almost seamless transition allowed the audience to remain engaged in the storyline and character performance.  The period costumes captured the essence of the early and mid 1900’s. The colorful and vibrant costumes kept the audience focused on the era. The beauty of the Fabulous Fox Theatre added to the ambience of the play.

A story of oppression, abuse, trials, redemption and triumph is brought to life through a combination of breathtaking scores of gospel, jazz, blues and ragtime music. Every musical performance left the audience begging for more. Celie, the main character was played by Fantasia Barrino, overcomes abuse and torment through the love of family and friends. Fantasia’s riveting and soul stirring musical performances let the audience experience her pain, devastation and redemption. The performances of the other characters were also superb. The orchestra was outstanding. The acoustics of the theatre added to the quality of the music. The music transports the...