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‘Color Purple’ turns a profit

From the Associated Press

Add “The Color Purple” to Broadway’s financial hit column.

The stage version of Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel has recouped its $11-million investment -- less than a year after opening in New York, producer Scott Sanders said Friday.

The musical, the story of a determined black woman’s triumph over adversity, has grossed more than $60 million since opening Dec. 1, 2005, at the Broadway Theatre, one of New York’s largest playhouses. It has been seen by almost 750,000 theater-goers.

A three-year North American tour begins in April at the Cadillac Palace Theatre in Chicago, where the show is expected to play six months.

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