I cannot recall the last time I have seen a play where I felt the casting was so perfect and the singing so tight - - and to think I initially ignored Signature Theater’s The Color Purple production until a friend called wanting to see it. Until I got his call, I had very little interest in rehashing the work after reading the book, seeing the movie, and viewing it on Broadway.
In Signature’s production, Nova Y Payton was brilliant as a less attractive Celie. In character, with her persistent tight face and crunched body, Payton had me wondering if she could ever have a lasting show business career even as the girl next door. She contrasted well with the much lighter skinned, thin nosed, straighter haired Danielle J. Summons as the every-one-loves Shug Avery.
American idol standout Frenchie Davis as Sofia (played by Oprah Winfrey in the movie version) wore every single inch of Winfrey’s shoes.
However, with great period clothing and hairstyles accenting the words, one character with locks kept snatching my attention to another time period. Did Hair, Wig & Make-up Design run out of wigs?
Many others in the ensemble also gave mind lingering performances including former American idol standout Frenchie Davis as Sofia (played by Oprah Winfrey in the movie version). Davis wore every single inch of Winfrey’s shoes.