"The Color Purple," the Broadway musical adaptation of Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, will get its first local Twin Cities production at Park Square Theatre next year, the company has announced. 

A touring version of the show, about a woman's struggle against abuse and oppression, played the Ordway Center a few seasons back. This Twin Cities version will be directed and choreographed by Lewis Whitlock III, who was at the helm of Penumbra's "Black Nativity" for many years.

There's no word on casting. Actor Traci Allen, a new member of the Children's Theatre's acting ensemble, performed in a national tour of the show. Park Square notes that "The Color Purple," which will take place in the its 348-seat proscenium theatre next year, is "one of its largest musicals ever, featuring the largest all-African-American cast in its history."

The theater also will produce the area premiere of Sharr White's "The Other Place." The show, a family drama, will be directed by Aditi Kapil and star James A. Williams and Linda Kelsey in Park Square's new thrust stage.

Park Square will announce its full season in March.


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