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PODCAST: Adrianna Hicks – Celie In Broadway Revival “The Color Purple” Playing DPAC April 3-8


The first North American tour and full casting of the Tony Award®-winning Broadway revival of The Color Purple will hit DPAC, April 3-8, 2018. On The Phone w/ Phyllis [Coley] Podcast talked with The Color Purple lead actress Adrianna Hicks about the difference in the original play and the revival, her role and her musical theatre journey.

Adrianna Hicks (Aladdin, Sister Act – Germany) as Celie is among the cast members from the 2016 Broadway revival that is leading the touring company.

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

Adrianna Hicks (Celie) is beyond thrilled to be playing Celie in her first National Tour of The Color Purple! She is a Texas native with a B.F.A in Musical Theatre from The University of Oklahoma’s Weitzenhoffer School of Musical Theatre. Her journey with musical theatre has taken her far beyond anything that she could have prayed for and she is overjoyed with the opportunity to help spread the healing power that The Color Purple has to bring!

Her credits include Broadway: Swing (The Color Purple, Revival), Fortune Teller/ Jasmine’s Attendant (Aladdin). Regional/International: Deloris cover (Sister Act, Germany), Judge/Pilar cover (Legally Blonde, Austria), Sarah (Ragtime), Marlena (Buddy Holly), Dynamite (Hairspray), and a backup singer for Michael Bublé (Call Me Irresponsible Tour, OK)

The revival of The Color Purple opened to great acclaim in summer 2013 at London’s Menier Chocolate Factory, followed by a Broadway bow on November 10, 2015 at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. The Color Purple went on to win two 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, two Drama Desk Awards, including Outstanding Revival of a Musical, the 2017 Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album and a Daytime Emmy®. The Color Purple played 483 performances on Broadway, closing on January 8, 2017.

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Seats to The Color Purple start at $35 (+taxes & ticket fees) and are on sale via:

  • Online at 
  • DPAC Ticket Center: 919.680.2787, 123 Vivian Street, Durham, NC
  • com / Ticketmaster Charge by phone at 800.982.2787
  • Groups of 12 or more are now on sale by e-mailing
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Phyllis Coley
Phyllis D. Coley is CEO/Publisher of Spectacular Magazine and Host of Spectacular Magazine Radio Show. With a B.A. in English from NCCU, the Durham native began her professional career as Promotions/Marketing Director for New York City’s WKTU-FM. While at the radio station, Coley discovered the rap group Kid ‘n Play and managed them for five years, guiding their music and movie careers to success. Moving back to Durham, Coley produced a nationally syndicated television show, The Electric Factory, while working as News Director for FOXY 107/104. In April 2002, recognizing a void in highlighting the achievements of African Americans, she started her own business publishing ACE Magazine. Coley launched Spectacular Magazine in November 2004. Recognizing the lack of pertinent and truthful information, Coley began Spectacular Magazine Radio Show in March 2009. Coley is the organizer of Durham's Annual MLK/Black History Month Parade and the Annual North Carolina Juneteenth Celebration. She currently serves on Central Children’s Home Board of Directors, Raleigh Chamber of Commerce’s Board of Advisors, as Immediate Past Secretary of the Durham Rotary Club Board of Directors and is one of the founding members of the Triangle United Way’s African American Leadership Initiative.

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