CASTING ANNOUNCEMENT FOR MILWAUKEE REPERTORY THEATER’S PRODUCTION OF THE COLOR PURPLE

purple-0Milwaukee Repertory Theater announced casting today for The Color Purple, the glorious musical saga which opens Friday, September 26, 2014 and runs from September 23 – November 2, 2014  

The Color Purple will be directed by Artistic Director Mark Clements, who begins his fifth season at Milwaukee Repertory Theater. Following last season’s wildly successful production of Ragtime, Clements will reunite with his creative team to bring the hit musical based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel to life on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage. This is an unforgettable story of a woman who triumphs over adversity and discovers her own unique voice. Featuring a Grammy-nominated score with jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues music, The Color Purple will be performed with a cast of over 25.

The cast for The Color Purple includes: Allyson Kaye Daniel, the National Tour of The Color PurpleSmokey Joe’s Café (Florida Studio Theatre) and Elf (Pioneer Theatre Company); Zonya Love, Broadway: Celia in The Color Purple, First National Tour and Off-Broadway: Avenue Q and Blues in the Night (Milwaukee Rep); and Broadway veteran Nathaniel Stampley, Broadway: The Gershwins’ Porgy and BessThe Color Purple and The Lion King, West End: The Lion King and National Tour: Ragtime.

Making their Milwaukee Rep debuts are: Gilbert L. Bailey II, Broadway: The Book of MormanScottsboro Boys(Center Theatre Group) and Dr. Suess’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical (Madison Square Garden), National Tour: The Book of MormanDarryl Reuben Hall, Broadway and National Tour: Godspell, Broadway:Cinderella and The Gershwins’ Porgy and Bess (Lincoln Center); he is also the founder of Stage Aurora Theatrical Co.; Vanessa A. Jones-DuBose, Broadway: The Lion King and Caroline, or Change, TV: House of Cards, Unforgettable, SmashGossip Girl and What Would You Do?; Christina Acosta RobinsonMy Fair Lady and The Unfortunates (Oregon Shakespeare Festival), Girl Shakes Loose Her Skin (New Dramatists) and Caroline, or Change (Syracuse Stage); Alexis J. Rogers, Jeff Award Winner for her role as Billie Holiday in Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill (Porchlight Music Theatre), Smokey Joe’s Café (New Theatre Restaurant) and Crowns andAin’t Misbehavin’ (Goodman Theatre); Leonard E.  Sullivan, National Tours: Hairspray and Disney’s High School Musical; European

tours: A Chorus LineSmokey Joe’s Café and And The World Goes ‘Round; and Stephanie Umoh, Broadway:Ragtime revival; Falling for Eve (The York), Pal Joey (Arkansas Repertory Theatre) and Johnny Baseball (A.R.T.)

Returning to Milwaukee Repertory Theater are: Melody BettsA Christmas Carol and Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep),RagtimeThoroughly Modern MillieThe Boys from Syracuse and Seussical The Musical (Drury Lane Theatre);Jonathan ButlerDuplessis, From My Hometown, Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom, Death of a Salesman and Cabaret(Milwaukee Rep); Carl Clemons-HopkinsRagtime and Blues in the Night (Milwaukee Rep), Eclectic Society andMy Way (Walnut Street Theatre), Pericles (Georgia Shakespeare) and Avenue XRent and Little Shop of Horrors(11th Hour Theatre Company); Jessie HookerRagtime (Milwaukee Rep), Footloose (Pittsburgh’s CLO), Sistas the Musical (Off-Broadway) and Company (Geva Theatre); Malkia StampleyTaming of the Shrew (Manhattan Shakespeare Project), The Talented Tenth (Congo Square Theatre), Intimate ApparelSueño and A Christmas Carol (Milwaukee Rep); and Bethany Thomas, Ain’t Misbehavin’ and Ragtime (Milwaukee Rep), South Pacific(Marriott Theatre-Lincolnshire/Jeff Award winner), Hairspray (Drury Lane Theatre), Hair (Paramount Theatre) and Porgy and Bess (Court Theatre).

The cast for The Color Purple in Alphabetical Order: 

Gilbert L. Bailey II – Harpo

Melody Betts – Darlene

Izayah Briggs – Ensemble

Jonathan Butler-Duplessis – Chief/Ensemble

Carl Clemons-Hopkins – Preacher/Guard/Buster

Allyson Kaye Daniel – Church Soloist

India Gurley – Ensemble

Darryl Reuben Hall – Ol’ Mister/Pa

Taurean Hogan – Ensemble

Jessie Hooker – Squeak

Vanessa A. Jones-Dubose – Jarene

Jennifer Latimore – Ensemble

Zonya Love – Celie

Zuri McGowan – Young Nettie

Chantae Miller – Young Celie

Nya – Ensemble

Esther O’Brien – Ensemble

Maya O’Day-Biddle – Ensemble

Christina Acosta Robinson – Shug Avery

Alexis J. Rogers – Ensemble

Malkia Stampley – Daisy/Ensemble

Nathaniel Stampley – Mister

Braylen Stevens – Young Harpo/Young Adam/Ensemble

Leonard E. Sullivan – Ensemble

Bethany Thomas – Sophia

Stephanie Umoh – Nettie

Vallea E. Woodbury – Doris

Dan Kazemi – Musical Director/Musician

The Color Purple will feature a small live orchestra.

2014/15 Artistic Intern Ensemble Members featured in The Color Purple include: India GurleyTurean Hogan,Jennifer Latimore and Vallea E. Woodbury.

The children’s cast for The Color Purple includes: Izayah BriggsNyaEsther O’BrienMaya O’Day-BiddleZuri McGowanChantae Miller and Braylen StevensA Raisin in the Sun (Milwaukee Repertory Theater).

The Creative Team for The Color Purple includes: Artistic Director/Director, Mark Clements; Music Director, Dan Kazemi±; Scenic Designer, Todd Edward Ivins±; Costume Designer, Alexander B. Tecoma;  Lighting Designer,Thomas C. Hase; Sound Designer, Barry G. Funderburg; Music Supervisor, John Tanner±; Choreographer, Amy Hall Garner; Dialect Coach, Jill Walmsley Zager; Casting Director, Stephanie Clapper Casting; Fight Director,Jamie Cheatham; Assistant Director, Philip Muehe; Stage Manager, Sarah Hoffmann and Assistant Stage Manager, Jennifer Lynn Anderson.

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To learn more about the cast and creative team for The Color Purple, please visit: www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

Single tickets for all The Color Purple performances are now on sale and can be purchased online atwww.MilwaukeeRep.com, by phone at 414-224-9490 or in person at The Rep’s Ticket Office at 108 E. Wells Street. Ticket prices start at $30.00.

Subscription prices for the 2014/15 Season range from $99 – $499. Packages available are the Ultimate 11-play package which includes the entire season spanning all three of The Rep’s performance spaces; Quadracci Powerhouse/Stackner 9-play package; Quadracci Powerhouse/Stiemke Studio 7-play package; Quadracci Powerhouse 5-play package; Stackner Cabaret 4-Play package as well as a Create Your Own Season package and Flex Passes. For additional information on subscription offerings, please contact The Rep’s Ticket Office at 414-224-9490 or visit www.MilwaukeeRep.com.

Milwaukee Repertory Theater is a nationally-recognized company that presents compelling dramas, powerful classics, award-winning contemporary works, full-scale musicals, housed in its three unique performance venues – the Quadracci Powerhouse, Stiemke Studio and Stackner Cabaret. The Rep also produces an annual production of A Christmas Carol at the beautiful and historic Pabst Theater. Under the leadership of Artistic Director Mark Clements and Managing Director Chad Bauman, The Rep is committed to creating plays that are meaningful and relevant to the society we live in – plays that are challenging, visceral and engage the community through the issues they explore, demonstrating how a theater deeply rooted in its locality can also enjoy a richly influential and resonant national voice.