Photos by Paul Kolnik
I was watching TV news on the day in 1986 when the Academy Awards nominations were announced. They had video of a woman jumping and screaming after learning she had been nominated for best supporting actress in the 1985 film "The Color Purple." I’d never heard of this actress, a Chicago TV talk show host, and she didn’t win the award a month later.
Fast forward 20 years and now the whole world knows who Oprah Winfrey is. And once again, she’s involved with "The Color Purple."
On Dec. 16 Oprah’s touring musical production of "The Color Purple" opens at Seattle’s Paramount Theatre. Based on both Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the film by Steven Spielberg, the musical was nominated for 11 Tony Awards on Broadway. It features a Grammy-nominated score of gospel, jazz, pop and the blues.
While Oprah is only producing and not performing in it, the musical features a lot of talent, both on stage and behind it.
Show dates run 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday, 1 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Sunday. A special matinee performance will also take place on Wednesday, Dec. 24 at 1 p.m. Ticket prices range from $25 to $75 with a limited number of $150 tickets available in the Loge area.