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Friday, February 5, 2021


In celebration of the 5-year anniversary of the recording’s original release, Broadway Records releases of the Grammy Award-winning recording of THE COLOR PURPLE as a double record set printed on purple vinyl today.

The limited-edition vinyl is now available on and other major music retailers including and

This limited-edition vinyl set of THE COLOR PURPLE includes a special album insert with photos from the Broadway production and full billing, plus a gatefold cover, complete with show artwork, full billing, tracklist, album notes, and additional production photos.    

This is Broadway Records’ second new vinyl release of a series, following the December 2020 release of MATILDA THE MUSICAL double album set on blue vinyl. Additional new vinyl titles to be announced soon. 

THE COLOR PURPLE received the 2016 Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical and Best Actress in a Musical for Cynthia Erivo’s critically acclaimed performance as “Celie”, as well as nominations for Best Supporting Actress in a Musical (Danielle Brooks) and Best Direction (John Doyle). 

Directed by Tony Award winner John Doyle, the cast or THE COLOR PURPLE is led by Tony, Grammy, and Emmy Award winner and Academy Award nominee CYNTHIA ERIVO, Grammy, Academy Award and Golden Globe award winner JENNIFER HUDSON, and Orange is the New Black’s DANIELLE BROOKS.

They are joined by Isaiah Johnson in the role of ‘Mister;’ Tony Nominee Joaquina Kalukango as ‘Nettie;’ and Kyle Scatliffe in the role of ‘Harpo,’ along with Phoenix Best, Dwayne Clark, Lawrence Clayton, Carrie Compere, Patrice Covington, Adrianna Hicks, Bre Jackson, Grasan Kingsberry, Kevyn Morrow, Ken Robinson, Antoine L. Smith, Carla R. Stewart, Akron Watson, and Rema Webb. 

THE COLOR PURPLE is an unforgettable story of enduring love and triumphs over adversity.  With a fresh, joyous score of jazz, ragtime, gospel, and blues, this stirring family chronicle follows the inspirational Celie as she journeys from childhood through joy and despair, anguish, and hope to discover the power of love and life. 

Based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and the Warner Bros. / Amblin Entertainment motion picture, THE COLOR PURPLE is adapted for the stage by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winner Marsha Norman, with music and lyrics by Grammy award winners Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. 

Broadway Records (Van Dean, President) is the Grammy® winning record label dedicated to preserving musical theatre and theatre vocalists. Recent releases include If The Fates Allow: The Hadestown Holiday Album, Lea Salonga Live In Concert with the Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Legacy: Two Song Cycles by Ahrens and Flaherty, Georgia On My Mind with an all-star Broadway cast, the soundstage recording of Estella Scrooge, the Grammy® and Tony Award-winning The Color Purple (2015 revival), the Tony Award® winning and Grammy® nominated revival of Once On This Island, the Grammy® nominated Matilda The Musical, Fiddler on the Roof (2015 revival) and My Fair Lady (2018 revival), Anastasia, Bandstand, Groundhog Day, The Lightning Thief and NBC’s television events, “The Wiz Live!” and “Peter Pan Live!”. The label’s critically-acclaimed “Live at Feinstein’s/54 Below” series features top Broadway stars including Patti LuPone, Aaron Tveit, Annaleigh Ashford, Norbert Leo Butz, Sierra Boggess, Laura Benanti, Emily Skinner & Alice Ripley, Adam Pascal & Anthony Rapp, Micky Dolenz, and many others. Broadway Records launched the Broadway for Orlando initiative (in partnership with creators Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley) culminating in the all-star benefit single, “What the World Needs Now is Love,” which leaped to #1 on iTunes with no radio airplay. Broadway Records philanthropic endeavors also include the From Broadway With Love benefit concerts for Sandy Hook, Orlando (Emmy Award for Sound), and Parkland. To learn more, visit


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