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"The Color Purple" at the Landmark Theater

January 28-30

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Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, “The Color Purple” is unquestionably a compelling piece of literature. The eventual film adaptation directed by Steven Spielberg, with its 11 Academy Award nominations, undoubtedly did justice to the narrative's drama on the big screen. But when it comes to tackling the subject matter — poverty, racism, sexism, rape, incest, domestic abuse and violence — you'd hardly think the best avenue for storytelling would be a production of song and dance. Whether or not it's because of its underlying themes of hope and love, “The Color Purple” overcame its more censorable aspects to become a Broadway smash when it opened in 2005. Telling the story of Celie (Dayna Jarae Dantzler, pictured with Traci Allen as Nettie), a young black woman living in the southern United States during the 1930s, “The Color Purple” is part of Broadway in Richmond at the Landmark Theater Jan. 28-30. Tickets are $38-$68. 800-745-3000.

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