UPDATE (11:10 a.m. EST): I have now received official confirmation that The Color Purple has in fact, posted its closing notice for February 24.
According to the news release I've received:
The producers of The Color Purple announced today that the show will play its final performance on Sunday, February 24, 2008 at 7:30pm, after playing 30 preview performances and 910 regular performances at the Broadway Theatre. Now in its third year on Broadway, The Color Purple recouped its entire $11 million investment in its first year on Broadway, having grossed over $103,000,000.
Overnight, I received a message from someon within the current Broadway production of The Color Purple:
The Color Purple posted notice after tonight's performance. We will close February 24.I'm currently seeking official confirmation, but if the production has indeed posted its closing notices for the end of next month, the Tony winning musical -- with book by Marsha Norman and score by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray -- will have ultimately played a total of 910 performances at the Broadway Theatre. The incredible LaChanze earned a Tony for her brave portrayal of Celie -- a performance I'll never forget.
Last week, the show took in $477,154 at the box office and was filled to 62.4% of capacity. That was up markedly from where it had been just a week earlier when the total take was a paltry $388,937 with just 45.9% capacity. Of course, some of its major mojo luster was gone as Fantasia Barrino left the show on January 6, but Chaka Khan joined The Color Purple. on January 9, while another Idol alum LaKisha Jones became part of the cast in December.
I'll let you know once I've had official confirmation.
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