Alice Walker’s beloved novel is brought to life in this landmark musical.

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A great American novel becomes a great American musical. Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning triumph bolts joyously to life with soaring music and unforgettable characters. Celebrating the very best of the human spirit, The Color Purple tells the uplifting story of Celie, a woman who struggles through adversity to find strength, love and the power of her own voice.

Exquisite! A joyous celebration of storytelling. New York Times,
Grade: A. Entertainment Weekly,
Four stars. You’ll relish the power and grace of this Purple . . . USA Today,
  • The Color Purple Nettie & Celie

    The Color Purple Nettie & Celie

  • The Color Purple Congregation

    The Color Purple Congregation

  • The Color Purple Work

    The Color Purple Work

  • The Color Purple Shug and Celie

    The Color Purple Shug and Celie

  • The Color Purple: I'm Here

    The Color Purple: I'm Here

  • The Color Purple

    The Color Purple: Kevin, Latrice, and Jasmyne

  • The Color Purple Fun Crop

    The Color Purple Fun: Kevin, Latrice and Jasmyne

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Content Advisory

Contains adult situations. No Children Under 4. Late seating is limited. Please arrive early. Late arrivals may have to wait until intermission to be seated.


Director's Rough Cut
June 13 at 8 pm
June 14 & 15 at 8 pm
Opening Night
June 16 at 8 pm
Regular Performances
June 16 - July 29
Wednesdays - Saturdays at 8 pm
Sundays at 2 pm
There's no performance on Wednesday, July 4th. There is a Saturday matinee performance on July 7th at 2 PM. See calendar for exact performance dates & times.

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From the Critics

"Actor's Express Celebrates 30 Years with ‘The Color Purple’ " Wabe90 1 Color Updated WABE'S CITY LIGHTS WITH LOIS REITZES Miranda Hawkins,
"Review: Actor’s Express stages moving production of ‘The Color Purple’ musical" Ajc Com The AJC Kelundra Smith,
"A heartfelt portrait of the resilience of the human heart" Broadway World Logo Broadway World Amy Zipperer,
"'The Color Purple' reaches full flower in terrific Actor’s Express musical" Artsatl Logo ArtsATL Andrew Alexander and Jim Farmer,
"This show could easily be the event of the summer" atlanta-intown-logo Atlanta INtown Manning Harris,
"Actress and gospel music sensation Latrice Pace [talks] about starring in the Actor’s Express new production of 'The Color Purple.'" UPFRONT Ray Cornelius,