The Color Purple Is for 'Every Woman and Man Who Has Felt Unseen and Unvalued,' Says Oprah Winfrey | Playbill

Video The Color Purple Is for 'Every Woman and Man Who Has Felt Unseen and Unvalued,' Says Oprah Winfrey

Get a closer look at some of the upcoming movie musical's dance numbers in this featurette.

"Every woman and man who has been invisible, who has felt unseen and unvalued, this is their story," says Oprah Winfrey in a featurette for the upcoming screen version of Broadway's The Color Purple, set to release in movie theatres December 25. Get a closer look at some of the film's musical numbers in the featurette above.

Winfrey is producing the upcoming release, the latest in a long connection with the property. Winfrey received an Academy Award nomination playing Sophia in the Alice Walker novel's first 1985 screen version, and went on to produce the musical's 2005 original Broadway production and its 2015 revival. Winfrey is producing the upcoming movie musical adaptation alongside Scott Sanders, lead producer of both of the musical's Broadway outings.

Tickets for the December 25 release went on sale November 1 via Fandango. Moviegoers are also being encouraged to gift a ticket to family and friends with Color Purple-themed digital and physical gift cards available at

The film's cast is led by Broadway Color Purple alums Fantasia Barrino as Celie and Danielle Brooks as Sophia, along with Grammy winners Jon Batiste as Grady and Ciara as Adult Nettie, Henson as Shug Avery, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, H.E.R. as Squeak, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, Tony nominee Colman Domingo as Mister, Tony winner David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Aunjanue Ellis as Celie and Nettie's mother, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, Louis Gossett, Jr. as Ol' Mister, Broadway Lion King alum Phylicia Mpasi as Young Celie, Tamela Mann as First Lady, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, Terrence J. Smith as Adam, Tiffany Elle Burgess as Olivia, and Aba Arthur as Abena.

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Blitz Bazawule, who co-helmed Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King, directs, with Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Sanders, and Steven Spielberg serving as producers. Marcus Gardley penned the screenplay, adapted from Marsha Norman’s stage book and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray’s score. The stage musical was adapted from Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer-winning novel and its 1985 film adaptation.

The Color Purple debuted on Broadway in 2005, winning original Celie, LaChanze, a Tony Award for her performance. A 2015 revival helmed by John Doyle earned its Celie, Cynthia Erivo, a Tony Award before propelling her to Hollywood stardom. Brooks co-starred with Erivo as Sophia, the role she reprises in the upcoming movie musical.

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