Musical version of 'The Color Purple' to be held March 22-23

University Park, Pa. -- "The Color Purple," a touring Broadway musical based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the film by Steven Spielberg, will visit Penn State’s Center for the Performing Arts in performances at 7:30 p.m. on March 22 and 23, in Eisenhower Auditorium.

Section one and two tickets are $57 and $51 for an adult, $42 and $36 for a University Park student and $52 and $46 for a person 18 and younger. Buy tickets online at or by phone at 814-863-0255. Outside the local calling area, dial 800-ARTS-TIX. Tickets are also available at four State College locations: Eisenhower Auditorium (weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.), Penn State Tickets Downtown in the Downtown Theatre Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturdays 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.), HUB-Robeson Center Information Desk (weekdays 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. when Penn State classes are in session) and Bryce Jordan Center (weekdays 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.). A grant from the University Park Allocation Committee makes Penn State student prices possible.

The Color Purple tells the inspiring story of a woman named Celie, who finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. The original Broadway show was nominated for eleven Tony Awards, including best musical. The Color Purple ran for more than two years on Broadway.

Set in rural Georgia from 1909 to 1949, the characters in the musical struggle with racism and male-female relationships in an evolving African American community. The musical has moments of happiness and humor amid a Grammy-nominated score of gospel, jazz and blues songs.

Allyson Kaye Daniel, a 2008 graduate of Penn State’s musical theatre program, is a member of the touring cast.

Gary Griffin directs The Color Purple, which features a libretto by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Grammy Award-winning composers/lyricists Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Donald Byrd choreographed the show.

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TIAA-CREF sponsors the presentation. WJAC-TV is the media sponsor. AT&T underwrites touring Broadway shows at the Center for the Performing Arts. Artistic Viewpoints, an informal moderated discussion featuring a member of The Color Purple touring company, is offered in Eisenhower one hour before each performance and is free for ticket holders. Artistic Viewpoints regularly fills to capacity. Seating is available on a first-arrival basis. Audio description, which is especially helpful to patrons with sight loss, is available for the March 23 performance at no extra charge to ticket holders.

Last Updated March 21, 2011