Joburg Theatre welcomes ‘The Colour Purple’ to its Nelson Mandela stage

'The Color Purple' is a glorious musical that it entertains, and ultimately uplifts audiences to a state of sheer joy. It tells the unforgettable story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

Producer of ‘The Colour Purple’ Bernard Jay chats to #WeekendBreakfast host Phemelo Motene about how the musical ‘The Colour Purple’ made its way to South Africa.

I first had the idea of trying to stage The Colour Purple in South Africa about four years ago so it’s been a long journey but certainly worthwhile.

Bernard Jay, producer of ‘The Colour Purple’

Jay says that most musicals are controlled by companies located in the United States. He adds that over the years, he managed to developed a relationship with all of them so he knew who to write to.

When I approached them, there was already rumbles about a London Production that was happening says Jay.

My understanding is that everything on this musical has to be passed by Oprah Winfrey’s office because she is a lead producer on the Broadway Musicals.

Bernard Jay, producer of ‘The Colour Purple’

Jay says that they were told that Oprah wanted ‘The Colour Purple’ to be done in South Africa, and she wanted a South African company of actors to do the production.

Also read: Oprah Winfrey writes inspiring letter to SA cast of The Colour Purple

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