MARIAH LYTTLE (Celie) National Tour Debut. Regional credits include Dorothy in The Wiz at Virginia Repertory Theatre, Sarah in Ragtime at Park Playhouse. Many thanks to my family, friends and GOD for the love and endless support. Esther 4:14.
SANDIE LEE (Shug Avery) A native of Columbus, MS. She holds a Master's Degree in Performing Arts from Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). She has appeared on American Idol Season 13 and Norwegian Cruise Line's production of the Broadway musical After Midnight.Follow her on Instagram: sandieglee and Facebook: Sandie Ambitions Lee. www.sandielproductions.com.
Theatrical debut! Originating from Savannah, GA, Chédra holds a Bachelor in Architectural Design with a concentration in Theatre and Dramatic Studies. Chédra is noted among her peers for her dynamism and commitment to her artistry. Much love to God, Dad, Mom, Mia, Robbie, M.K.K., family, friends and ATA. Ephesians 3:20. @chedraarielle
ANDREW MALONE (Mister) Tour: Kinky Boots (Nat’l/Int’l) Regional: ASOLO Rep, Marriott Theatre. Other credits: Hairspray, Dreamgirls, Little Shop, A.C.L., Spelling Bee. AMDA-NY. “The more us wonder, the more us love.” IG: @angryactor www.bigmouthtalent.com
BRANDON A. WRIGHT (Harpo) Grateful to join this iconic production! Brandon hails from Newark, NJ, and holds an MFA in Acting from Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Mr. Wright is happily represented by Paonessa Talent. Romans 8:28! @iactwright
NASHKA DESROSIERS (Nettie) Equally a New Jersey and Florida girl, Nashka is thrilled to be a part of the cast of the Color Purple. She was previously seen on the seas with Royal Caribbean. All thanks to God, her family, and Kai. @Nashka_dezz
ELIZABETH ADABALE (Ensemble/Church Lady/U/S Sofia) National tour debut! Off-Broadway: Revelation the Musical (Woman 1). Regional: Sister Act (Deloris), Into the Woods (Witch), Urinetown (Pennywise), Hairspray (Motormouth). The good Lord works in mysterious ways! Endless love to her family, friends and her team at ATB. Stay connected at www.elizabethadabale.com or @lizadabale
JARRETT ANTHONY BENNETT (Swing) Making his national tour debut! Regional credits include Memphisand Dreamgirls. A graduate of William Peace University and native of Roseboro, NC. Much love to his friends and family who support his endeavors!
DAVID HOLBERT (Ensemble/Bobby) Thrilled to be making his National Tour Debut! Regional: Bring It On!(Twig), Hunchback(Quasimodo) Newsies(Crutchie).David would like to thank God,Mom, Dad, Danny, Family, The Crew, and BWMT. IG: @_davidholbert
PARRIS LEWIS (Ensemble/Church Lady/U/S Shug Avery) Native of Brooklyn, NY, Parris Mone’t Lewis is making her national tour Musical debut! Other credits: STONEWALL(New York City Opera); Pray(Ars Nova); A Time Like This(Carnegie Hall); Bars Workshop(The Public Theatre); Porgy & Bess(Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra); Pyer Moss(New York Fashion Week).
JENAY NAIMA (Swing/U/S Celie/U/S Shug Avery) Beyond excited to be a part of The Color Purple family. Credits include: National Tour of Three Little Birds. Signature Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar. Constellation Theatre Company: Avenue Q(2016 Helen Hayes Award). Creative Cauldron: Caroline or Change. Mill Mountain Theatre: Hairspray.
MON’QUEZ DEON PIPPINS (Preacher/Ol’ Mister) A seasoned performed experienced in theatre, TV and film. He has entertained audiences from all over the globe in venues such as The HardRock Hotel, Disney, Universal, Carnival Cruises and TV shows like “The Apollo”and “ER.” He also recorded his first Original EP entitled "Backstabber", out in June 2020.
GABRIELLA RODRIGUEZ (Ensemble/Squeak/U/S Nettie) Is thrilled to be making her national tour debut! Huge thanks to the creative team, Chad at Binder Casting, and her supportive family. Point Park University. Jeremiah 29:11. Instagram: @gabriellajoy_
SHELBY A. SYKES (Ensemble/Church Lady/U/S Sofia) Is thrilled to make her Nat’l touring debut! Credits: Once on this Island, Rent, The Wiz. Shelby studied vocal performance at the Manhattan School of Music and is a member of Sigma Alpha Iota International Music Fraternity. Special thanks to her family for the love and prayers! IG: @shelbyasykes Jeremiah 29:11
IVAN THOMPSON (Swing/U/S Mister) A St. Louis native, father of five, published author, retired Air Force Lt. Colonel and resides in Phoenix. He has performed the National Anthem for national sporting events and is a seasoned actor with numerous credits.
RENEE TITUS (Swing/U/S Celie/U/S Nettie) Is thrilled to be on her first National Tour telling this beautiful story. Past credits include: The Storyteller in Festival of the Lion King in Hong Kong Disneyland, Sarah (Ragtime), Crystal (Little Shop of Horrors). Love to Justin. IG: @renee_m_titus
CARTREZE TUCKER (Ensemble/Buster/Adam) HAIR (National/International Tour), Motown: The Musical (National Tour), Tav'lin, Raisin: The Musical, Disney's Tarzan: A New Musical, Sister Act, Disney's Little Mermaid, Miss Saigon, RENT, Hairspray and many more. IG: @Cartreze
JEREMY WHATLEY (Ensemble/Pa/U/S Harpo) Is excited to make his national tour debut! Favorite Regional: Sister Act (Eddie), In The Heights (Benny), Dreamgirls (Jimmy Early), The Color Purple (Harpo). AMDA LA Grad! Much love to Ma, Pop, family/friends. Thank you God. Thank you Jim. @just.jer.emy#StriveForGreatness
GERARD M. WILLIAMS (Ensemble/Grady) First national tour. Former Spotlight Cabaret singer, student of Berklee College of Music and Music admin at The River Church. Credits: Scottsboro Boys (Roy Wright), Ragtime (Coalhouse), A Motown Christmas (vocal coach/Ensemble), Memphis (Gator), Dreamgirls (Dave/Ensemble), Annie (Rooster), Jesus Christ Superstar (Apostle), Assassins (Proprietor). TV: CW's “The Originals.” Celebrity Cruises Singer @Gmonwilliams
MARSHA NORMAN (Book) won a Pulitzer Prize for her play ‘night, Mother and a Tony Award for her book of The Secret Garden on Broadway. She also wrote the book for the recent Broadway production of The Bridges of Madison County. Ms. Norman is co-chair of the Playwriting Department at Juilliard and vice president of the Dramatists Guild of America. Her other plays include Getting Out, Traveler in the Dark, Sarah and Abraham, Trudy Blue and Last Dance. Her published work includes Four Plays, Vol. 1: Collected Plays of Marsha Norman and a novel, The Fortune Teller. She has numerous film and TV credits, Grammy and Emmy nominations and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters and the Fellowship of Southern Writers. She is a native of Kentucky who lives in New York City and Great Barrington with her two children.
BRENDA RUSSELL (Composer/Lyricist) Brooklyn-born singer/songwriter Brenda Russell’s music has touched fans on a global scale through millions of albums sold and songs heard on airwaves around the world. Author of “Piano in the Dark,” “If Only for One Night” and the anthem “Get Here,” Brenda has written for or collaborated with superstars such as Sting, Mary J. Blige, Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner, Donna Summer, Michael McDonald, Ray Charles, Earth Wind & Fire, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, and Patti LaBelle, among many others. Nominated for three Grammys for 1988’s pop classic “Piano in the Dark,” Brenda’s compositions have also won Grammys for other artists. She has recorded eight solo albums since 1979, with her most recent, Between the Sun and the Moon, released in 2004. Brenda’s songwriting talent has been featured on television and in films such as How Stella Got Her Groove Back and Barry Levinson’s Liberty Heights. www.brendarussell.com
ALLEE WILLIS (Composer/Lyricist) has sold more than 50 million records, including “September,” “Boogie Wonderland,” “Neutron Dance” and “What Have I Done to Deserve This?” She has a Grammy for the Beverly Hills Cop soundtrack and an Emmy nomination for the “Friends” theme song. She’s an award-winning artist, performer, multimediaist, writer and director. Willis prototyped a social network in 1992 and addressed Congress on cyberspace in 1997. Willis's opus to Detroit, "The D", premiered at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the fifth largest museum in the world, on September 28, 2017. The song and video, written, arranged, produced, directed, edited, animated, and self-financed by Willis, features 5000 lead singers and musicians, more people in history than have ever been on a record before. www.alleewillis.com
STEPHEN BRAY (Composer/Lyricist) made his Broadway debut with The Color Purple in 2005. After training at Berklee College of Music, Bray wrote and produced many top-ten recordings for Madonna including “Into the Groove,” “Papa Don’t Preach,” “True Blue” and “Express Yourself.” Performing with Breakfast Club, he earned a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. He’s composed and produced for multiplatinum artists including Gladys Knight and Kylie Minogue. Stephen’s latest venture, Masterphonic provides storytellers with original music and reimagined classics. He would like to thank Mom and Dad for continuing to pay for the piano lessons - even when he didn’t practice.
ALICE WALKER (Original Author) won the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award for her third novel, The Color Purple, which was made into an internationally popular film by Steven Spielberg. Her other best-selling novels, which have been translated into more than two dozen languages, include By the Light of My Father’s Smile, Possessing the Secret of Joy and The Temple of My Familiar. Her most recent novel, Now Is the Time to Open Your Heart, was published in 2004. Ms. Walker is also the author of several collections of short stories, essays and poems as well as children’s books. Her work has appeared in numerous national and international journals and magazines. An activist and social visionary, Ms. Walker has been a participant in most of the major movements of planetary change, among them the Human and Civil Rights Movement in the South, the Hands Off Cuba Movement, the Women’s Movement, the Native American and Indigenous Rights Movement, the Free South Africa Movement, the Environmental and Animal Rights Movement and the Peace Movement. Her advocacy on behalf of the dispossessed has, in the words of her biographer, Evelyn C. White, “spanned the globe.”
JOHN DOYLE (Scenic Design) received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as Outstanding Director of a Musical for his Broadway debut, Sweeney Todd. His production of Company won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and he won UK Best Musical Awards for The Gondoliers (West End), Fiddler on the Roof and Moll Flanders, with nominations for other productions including A Catered Affair (Broadway) and Mack and Mabel (West End). Recent credits include The Visit starring Chita Rivera, Irma la Douce for City Center, Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (Public Theater and Menier Chocolate Factory), Passion and Allegro for CSC. Work in opera includes Lucia di Lammermoor at Sydney Opera House, Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at L.A. Opera, starring Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. John has been the artistic director of four prestigious UK regional theatres and has directed numerous new and classic plays. He is the artistic director of Classic Stage Company.
ANN HOULD-WARD (Costume Designer) has won, or been nominated for, virtually every major theatre award in existence, including the Tony, Drama Desk, Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle, American Theatre Wing, Outer Critics Circle and Olivier awards for her costume design. A Tony winner for Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Tony nominee for the original Broadway productions of Into the Woods and Sunday in the Park with George, Ms. Hould-Ward’s stage credits also includes the upcoming production of The Prince of Egypt, as well as countless Off-Broadway productions and designs for the most highly regarded regional theatres and the theatre-world’s finest producers and directors. International audiences applaud her work as well, as do audiences for film, television, concerts, dance and opera. Ms. Hould-Ward’s work has been seen in over 35 international companies of Beauty and the Beast, and her other designs are featured in shows all over the world. She also has more than 100 regional theatre credits. Ms. Hould-Ward is the recipient of the inaugural Patricia Zipprodt Award for ‘Innovative Costume Design’ and is a seasoned lecturer.
JANE COX (Lighting Design) Previous collaborations with John Doyle include Pacific Overtures, Peer Gynt, Allegro and Passion at Classic Stage Company; The Color Purple on Broadway and in London; Road Show; and Lucia di Lammermoor. Recent theatre includes Jitney and Amelie on Broadway; Othello at NYTW; Hamlet in London; Machinal and All the Way onBroadway. Jane has been nominated for two Tony awards, is a member of the Monica Bill Barnes Company and the director of the theatre program at Princeton University.
DAN MOSES SCHREIER (Sound Designer) Broadway: Gary-A Sequel, The Iceman Cometh, Falsettos, American Psycho, The Visit, Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, Sondheim on Sondheim, A Little Night Music, Gypsy (Patti Lupone), Radio Golf, John Doyle’s production of Sweeney Todd, Gem Of the Ocean, Pacific Overtures, Assassins, Into The Woods, Topdog/Underdog, Dirty Blonde, Noise/Funk. Composed scores for Broadway: Merchant of Venice (Al Pacino), Julius Caesar (Denzel Washington), The Tempest (Patrick Stewart). Recent Off-Broadway designs include the Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof, Carmen Jones at CSC. Awards: 5 Tony Award nominations, 4 Drama Desk Awards. Dan is a Fellow of the MacDowell Colony.
CHARLES G. LaPOINTE (Wig & Hair Designer) Numerous Broadway, Touring, West End and International productions including: Hamilton; The Cher Show (Drama Desk Award); The Band’s Visit; Beautiful; Ain’t Too Proud; Beetlejuice; The Lifespan of a Fact; SpongeBob SquarePants (Drama Desk Award); Jersey Boys; Motown; On Your Feet!; A Gentleman’s Guide…; Newsies; In the Heights. Television: “The Wiz Live!”(Emmy Award Nomination); “Jesus Christ Superstar Live!” (Emmy Award Nomination/Make-Up Artists & Hair Stylist Guild Award); “Hairspray.”
DARRYL ARCHIBALD (Musical Supervisor) The Color Purple (2015 revival tour and Paper Mill Playhouse); Motown The Musical (Broadway 2016 and national tours);Wicked at the Pantages Theater (substitute conductor); Memphis (Broadway tour); Disney's The Lion King (Broadway tour-vocal coach/assistant conductor); Ragtime, Little Shop Of Horrors (PasadenaPlayhouse); Dear World with Tyne Daly (VPAC); Jonathan Dove’s Innocence (Banff Centre and Manhattan Theatre Club); Next To Normal, Beauty And The Beast (McCoy/Rigby); In The Heights (TUTS); Two By Two with Jason Alexander, How To Succeed...with John O’Hurley, The Fantasticks with Eric McCormack, Once On This Island with Ledisi, Li'l Abner with Cathy Rigby and Fred Willard (Reprise); Great Expectations, My Fair Lady, 1776, Camelot, and Forever Plaid (Utah Shakespearean Festival). Orchestrations include: Great Expectations (USF), The Wiz (The Muny); A Hollywood Holiday Celebration (ABC), The Fountain Show and Christmas Trolley Show (The Grove Los Angeles).
Joseph Joubert (Orchestrator) Credits as orchestrator, arranger, conductor, musical director include Broadway’s Violet; Motown the Musical; Nice Work If You Can Get It; Leap of Faith; Caroline, or Change; The Color Purple; Billy Elliot. TV: “Smash.” Film: Nights in Rodanthe. Recording: Fantasia, Broadway Inspirational Voices, Patti Labelle, Ashford & Simpson, Diana Ross. Grammy, Emmy and Drama Desk Award nominee.
TALITHA FEHR (Music Coordinator) has worked on over 70 national and international tours and productions. Highlights include: Sister Act, Mamma Mia!, School of Rock, Come Fly Away, Love Never Dies and CATS, as well as the Vancouver Olympic Ceremonies 2010. She dedicates her work on The Color Purple to the memory of her mentor, Sam Lutfiyya.
was born and raised in Colorado Springs, CO. Jonathan began his professional career at the Imperial Hotel in Cripple Creek, CO at the age of 16. Moving to New York at the age of 22, he soon became Music Director/ Conductor for the National Tour of Cats, followed by his appointment to Music Director/Principle Conductor for the National Tour of The Phantom of the Opera in 2007. Other credits include Phantom: The Las Vegas Spectacular at the Venetian Hotel and Casino, The Woman in White on Broadway, Ghost The Musical - First National Tour and 4U - A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of Prince - European Tour. Jonathan would like to thank his wife, Marisa, for her constant support of pursuing his dreams - wherever they take him!
BINDER CASTING / CHAD ERIC MURNANE, CSA (Casting) Binder Casting, now part of RWS Entertainment Group, was founded by Jay Binder, CSA in 1984. Binder Casting has cast over 80 Broadway productions, dozens of National Tours, off-Broadway shows, full seasons for over 25 regional theatres, as well as feature films, episodic television and commercials. Binder has cast for Encores! at New York City Center since its inception in 1994. The office was also featured in the documentary, Every Little Step. Binder Casting is a twelve–time recipient of the Artios Award. www.bindercasting.com
THE BOOKING GROUP (Tour Booking Agency) Since its inception in 1996, The Booking Group has represented 25 Tony Award-winning Best Musicals and Plays. Current touring productions include: Hamilton, Anastasia, The Book of Mormon, Come From Away, Dear Evan Hansen, Fiddler on the Roof, Hello, Dolly!, Irving Berlin’sWhite Christmas, Mean Girls, My Fair Lady, Rent: The 20th Anniversary Tour and Waitress. Future productions include: Hadestown, 1776, The Cher Show, Pretty Woman, To Kill a Mockingbird and Tootsie.
BOND THEATRICAL GROUP (Marketing & Publicity Direction) is a fully independent booking, marketing and publicity company for live entertainment productions. Current tour marketing and booking projects includeBlue Man Group, CATS, Clueless, Girl from the North Country, First Date, Jesus Christ Superstar, Kathleen Turner’s Finding My Voice, Latin History for Morons, An Officer & A Gentleman,Once on this Island and Spamilton. Current marketing and publicity projects include Anastasia, The Band’s Visit, Dear Evan Hansen, Diana, Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical, Escape to Margaritaville, Fiddler on the Roof, Moulin Rouge!, Oklahoma!, The Color Purple, The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway and The Prom.
TROIKA ENTERTAINMENT (Producer, Tour Management) has been an innovator in touring musical theater productions for over two decades, producing shows throughout North, Central and South America, Europe and Asia. Additionally, the company is experienced in casino and leisure markets. Current and upcoming productions include CATS, The Phantom of the Opera, Escape to Margaritaville, The Color Purple and My Fair Lady. With strong ties to the Broadway community, TROIKA prides itself on delivering top quality productions to audiences worldwide. Please visit us at www.troika.com.
JOHN DOYLE (Direction & Musical Staging) received Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards as Outstanding Director of a Musical for his Broadway debut, Sweeney Todd. His production of Company won the Tony Award for Best Musical Revival, and he won UK Best Musical Awards for The Gondoliers (West End), Fiddler on the Roof and Moll Flanders, with nominations for other productions including A Catered Affair (Broadway) and Mack and Mabel (West End). Recent credits include The Visit starring Chita Rivera, Irma la Douce for City Center, Stephen Sondheim’s Road Show (Public Theater and Menier Chocolate Factory), Passion and Allegro for CSC. Work in opera includes Lucia di Lammermoor at Sydney Opera House, Peter Grimes at the Metropolitan Opera and The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at L.A. Opera, starring Patti LuPone and Audra McDonald. John has been the artistic director of four prestigious UK regional theatres and has directed numerous new and classic plays. He is the artistic director of Classic Stage Company.