Many books are made into films, and a few into genuinely good ones. Other literary works are given a second life as musicals. But it is the rare novel that inspires both a movie and a successful musical.
Alice Walker's The Color Purple is one of the few.
Performances "The Color Purple" runs Tuesday through May 18 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. $34-$80. 410-547-7328 or france-merrickpac.com.