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‘Purple’ set to color B’way Theater in fall

Tuner set to start on Dec. 1

The Broadway Theater just lost a tenant but has booked another to take its place: The stage musical version of “The Color Purple” will begin previews there Oct. 25 and open Dec. 1.

Venue, one of Broadway’s biggest, was recently left vacant when the producers behind “The Mambo Kings” decided not to bring that tuner to Broadway after its San Francisco tryout.

Scott Sanders, Creative Battery, Roy Furman and Quincy Jones produce the “The Color Purple” tuner, which is adapted from the Alice Walker novel and the Steven Spielberg pic and had its world premiere at Atlanta’s Alliance Theater in fall 2004.

No casting has been announced, but the tuner will presumably star LaChanze, who portrayed Celie in the Alliance production and a workshop reportedly taking place in New York. Adriane Lenox, who won a Tony Award this year for the still-running “Doubt,” was also in the Alliance production but is not in the workshop and will probably not be in the Broadway production.

Songs are by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray, with a libretto by Marsha Norman. Gary Griffin helms and Donald Byrd choreographs. Design team is John Lee Beatty (sets), Brian MacDevitt (lights), Paul Tazewell (costumes) and Jon Weston (sound).

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