A bold new take on the beloved classic, ‘The Color Purple’


Torn apart from her sister and her children, Celie faces many hardships in life, including an abusive husband. With support from a sultry singer named Shug Avery and her stand-her-ground stepdaughter, Celie ultimately finds extraordinary strength in the unbreakable bonds of a new kind of sisterhood.

The Color Purple is a 2023 American coming-of-age musical period drama film directed by Blitz Bazawule. Marcus Gardley’s screenplay is based on the stage musical of the same name, which in turn is based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker. Quinncy Jones returns as producer for the 2023 film, along with the stage musical’s producers Scott Sanders and Oprah Winfrey, the latter of whom was also featured in the 1985 film.

The film stars Taraji P. Henson, Danielle Brooks, Colman Domingo, Corey Hawkins, H.E.R., Halle Bailey, Louis Gossett Jr., Phylicia Pearl Mpasi, Ciara, Jon Batiste, Aunjanue Ellis-Taylor, and Fantasia Barrino in the leading role of Celie.

The Color Purple premiered in London on Nov. 20, 2023, and was released in the United States on Dec. 25, 2023, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film earned several accolades, including Golden Globe Award nominations for Barrino and Brooks, and five nominations at the 29th Critics’ Choice Awards, including Best Picture.

Admission to the movie is $10/$6 members and will be shown, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 23 and 24; 2 and 6 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 25; and 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Rosendale Theatre, 408 Main St., Rosendale. For more information, visit rosendaletheatre.org or call 845-658-8989.