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Theatre Wed Sep 02 2009

Presenting ... The Color Purple

Oprah Winfrey Presents...The Color Purple returns to Chicago -- this time, with "American Idol" alum Fantasia in tow.

When the musical debuted in Chicago in 2007, the role of Celie, first made famous in the film version by actress Whoopi Goldberg, was played by actress Jeannette Bayardelle; however, Fantasia returns to the stage to reprise the starring role.

If you missed the show in 2007, you'll have to hurry if you want to catch it this time around; it is only in Chicago for a limited run.

The Color Purple opens today, September 2, at the Arie Crown Theater, and will run through Sunday, September 6. Showtimes vary; tickets are $47.50-$83 and may be purchased through Ticketmaster or 800-745-3000, or

The weekend also includes two shows on Saturday and Sunday.

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Dawn Guy / September 8, 2009 3:57 PM

I did not have the opportunity to see the show in 2007 however, by somewhat strange events (long story), I was invited to attend the show on Sunday, Sept. 6, 2009. I have several things to say: first, the show was awesome w/Fantasia as the lead role; second, the staff or whoever was responsible, ran out of programs on the night I attended as a spectator. I couldn't believe they ran out of programs given the fact of ticket sales. That was irresponsible on the printers and again whoever else is responsible. It seems as though consumers are paying out too much money to be disappointed in production. Speaking of disappointment; this brings me to my third point, on Saturday night, Sept. 5, 2009, it was reported that Fantasia fell ill after eating a turkey sandwich; fans became irrate because her understudy performed. It is unfortunate that we live in a world where famous people are assumed to be super-human and can't fall ill for any reason because money is being spent. Did they pay for tix to see Fantasia only? So shallow, insensitive and disappointing are most people in the world. This type of mismanaged anger need to be exposed...maybe compassin will be interjected next time.

LaShawn Williams / September 9, 2009 6:03 PM

Unfortunately, many people probably DID pay to just see Fantasia...

Crystal B / September 10, 2009 1:33 PM

Wow, I wish that I could have had the opportunity to see this show.

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Architecture Tue Nov 03 2015

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Architecture critic Paul Goldberger talks about Frank Gehry's life and work in a new book.
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