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Streaming The Color Purple Movie Musical Sets Streaming Premiere on Max

You'll be able to watch the screen version of the 2005 Broadway musical at home this month.

Cast of The Color Purple Photo Courtesy Warner Bros. Pictures

The 2023 movie musical adaptation of Broadway's The Color Purple will join the streaming network Max beginning February 16. The film hit movie theatres December 25, 2023, and became available for digital purchase and rental last month.

Read what critics had to say about the release here.

Broadway alum Danielle Brooks is currently nominated for an Academy Award for her performance as Sofia. Brooks reprised her performance from the musical's 2015 Broadway revival production, which earned her a Tony nomination as well.

Along with Brooks, the film's cast features a number of Broadway favorites, and more than one alum of the musical's two Broadway stagings, including Fantasia Barrino as Celie. Also featured are Taraji P. Henson as Shug Avery, Coleman Domingo as Mister, Corey Hawkins as Harpo, Broadway The Lion King alum Phylicia Pearl Mpasi as Young Celie, Halle Bailey as Young Nettie, H.E.R. as Squeak, David Alan Grier as Reverend Avery, Elizabeth Marvel as Miss Millie, Ciara as Adult Nettie, Louis Gossett, Jr. as Ol' Mister, Jon Batiste as Grady, Aunjanue Ellis as Celie and Nettie's mother, Tamela Mann as First Lady, Deon Cole as Alfonso, Stephen Hill as Buster, Terrence J. Smith as Adam, Tiffany Elle Burgess as Olivia, and Aba Arthur as Abena.

READ: Danielle Brooks Wants Broadway to Be For Everyone, On Stage and Off

Blitz Bazawule, who co-helmed Beyoncé’s visual album Black Is King, directs, with Oprah Winfrey, Quincy Jones, Sanders, and Steven Spielberg serving as producers. Marcus Gardley penned the screenplay, adapted from Marsha Norman’s stage book and Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray’s score. The stage musical was adapted from Alice Walker's 1982 Pulitzer-winning novel and its 1985 film adaptation.

The Color Purple debuted on Broadway in 2005, winning original Celie, LaChanze, a Tony Award for her performance. A 2015 revival helmed by John Doyle earned its Celie, Cynthia Erivo, a Tony Award before propelling her to Hollywood stardom. Brooks co-starred with Erivo as Sophia, the role she reprises in the movie musical.

Fans of the musical's stage version can expect a somewhat altered song list for the film. Some of the songs from the stage musical have been cut and new songs have been added: "She Be Mine," "Keep It Movin'," "Workin'," "Maybe God Is Tryin' to Tell You Something'," "Miss Celie's Blues (Sister)," and "Superpower."

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