By Cheryl Brown
The audience was standing up cheering and clapping not only at the end of the fantastic production of Alice Walker's The Color Purple but also during the musical's moving, exciting, dancing, toe tapping, amen shouting songs giving it the WOW !! factor.
In an unofficial poll of about 30 people leaving the theatre on a scale of one to ten nearly everyone said 10+.
Accolades are due to actress Jeannette Bayardelle, as Celie, who carried the show. Exceptional performances were also given by Felicia P. Field as Sofia and Michelle Williams who played Shug Avery. Still they could not have done it without the masterful Ole Mister (Rufus Bonds, Jr.) the character most wanted to hate because of the way he treated Celie. But redemption is a testament to the power of forgiveness. The story is based on the novel by Alice Walker. The stage play is produced by Oprah Winfrey, who made her film debut in the film version, directed by Steven Spielberg.
"All I know is the musical is brilliant, the sets and set changing was masterful and the actors had amazing voices. You have to go see what happened to Nettie and to Celie's children who were fathered by her step father. The brilliance of the scene only added to Alice Walker's original vision," said Inland Empire resident James Lee
If you see The Color Purple you will see why it has the WOW factor.