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'Color Purple' musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit

'Color Purple' musical on Broadway has a divine, moving spirit

What a difference a director makes.

Having seen the original Broadway staging of "The Color Purple" in New York and then the touring production at the Ahmanson Theatre, I was in no rush to revisit a show I found sentimental and overstuffed. But I'd be happy to see this transformative revival that originated at London's Menier Chocolate Factory at least a dozen more times.

John Doyle, the British director who's had great success in reinventing Stephen Sondheim musicals, cracked the problem of "The Color Purple" by treating the show more like a church service than a traditional book musical.

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