'Color Purple' ending its run on Broadway


Published: Thursday, January 31, 2008 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, January 30, 2008 at 4:13 p.m.

"The Color Purple’’ will close Feb. 24 on Broadway after a run of more than two years.

The musical, based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of triumph over adversity, will have played 910 performances by the time the final curtain falls next month at the Broadway Theatre.

The current cast includes Zonya Love as Celie, Walker’s determined heroine, as well as Grammy winners Chaka Khan and BeBe Winans and ‘‘American Idol’’ finalist LaKisha Jones.

The $11 million musical, which opened in December 2005, recouped its investment in less than year for the show’s producers, who include Oprah Winfrey and Quincy Jones.

A touring company, starring LaToya London of ‘‘American Idol’’ and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, currently is playing Los Angeles. The tour is scheduled through 2009.

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