The University of Iowa
The Color Purple

The Color Purple

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ADULT: $85 | $75 | $55
COLLEGE STUDENT: $70 | $50 | $50
YOUTH: $70 | $50 | $50
Friday, January 24, 2020, 8:00 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 1:00 pm
Saturday, January 25, 2020, 6:30 pm

The Color Purple is the 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival! Hailed as “a direct hit to the heart” (The Hollywood Reporter), this joyous American classic about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South has conquered Broadway in an all-new “ravishingly reconceived production that is a glory to behold” (The New York Times).

The performance on Saturday, January 25, at 1 pm, will feature an American Sign Language interpreter. Audio Description is also available for this performance.


New! Preorder food from the Stanley Café!

Avoid the lines by making your food selections before you come to Hancher Auditorium. The Stanley Café will have staff members ready to get your order—including beverages you order when you pick up your food--fast!

Preorder here!


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Painting the town purple: The Color Purple comes to Hancher
The Daily Iowan - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

The Color Purple has gained massive popularity since its literary début in 1982. Whether the story is on the page, screen, or stage, it has resonated with audiences for decades.

Five questions with: Brandon A. Wright, Harpo in ‘The Color Purple’
Little Village Magazine - Wednesday, January 22, 2020

As the company of the Broadway tour of The Color Purple rehearsed their captivating show in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, recently, I had a chance to speak to actor Brandon A.

'Color Purple' musical runs emotional spectrum
The Gazette - Thursday, January 16, 2020

The Tony Award-winning revival of “The Color Purple,” emerging from a 1982 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, a 1985 Steven Spielberg film starring Golden Globe-winner Whoopi Goldberg, and a 2005 Broadway musical, is coming to Hancher Auditorium in Iowa City on Jan. 24 and 25.

Individuals with disabilities are encouraged to attend all University of Iowa sponsored events. If you are a person with a disability who requires a reasonable accommodation in order to participate in this program, please contact Paris Young in advance at (319) 467-4849 or at