Staging a musical such as The Color Purple shares many of the challenges of, say, making a movie of Harry Potter. Most of the audience read and loved the book. Or, in the case of The Color Purple, they read the book and they loved the movie.
These are hard acts to follow. First there was the 1983 epistolary novel by Alice Walker that was awarded the Pulitzer Prize. Then, there was the 1985 Steven Spielberg film, which featured stars such as Oprah Winfrey, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg and Lawrence Fishburne. Typically, the impulse to compare and contrast the genres colors our enjoyment.
If you go The Color Purple runs through May 18 at the Hippodrome Theatre, 12 N. Eutaw St. Showtimes vary. Tickets are $34-$80. Call 410-547-7328 or go to france-merrickpac.com.