Why go all the way to Broadway when you can experience the sights, sounds and talents right here in JAX, FL? When have you known Ms. “V” to attend a theatrical presentation more than one time? Well, “The Color Purple” at the Alhambra Theater & Dining drew her to engage with this musical quest once more. If you missed the first review and the food list; go to the links and see them now.
There were so many great lines that were missed from observing the presentation on the first go-round. The second time around also affords the spectator to hear the magnificent harmonious vocals between Cherry Hamlin (Celie) as she croons with Julia Nicole Hunter (Nettie) in the song, “My People” & “Africa”.
As mentioned in the first review, Lamont Whitaker (Mister) is such a powerfully strong tenor who acts as a real villain, yet at the end, Lamont shows the compassion that was buried in his character. Mister is the man you’d love to hate.
(Harpo) Cornelius Davis, is a credit to the Actors Equity and gives a lot of humor as he interacts with Tarra Conner Jones, who by-the-way has a double role as Sofia and the Church Soloist. Tarra has such a deep, soulful, down-to-earth sound that drills to the very core of your being. Soulfully saying, you don’t want to miss her singing “Hell No”.
E. Mani Cadet also has a duel role playing Ole Mister and Preacher. His son was one of Ms. “V”s tablemates (see Slide Show) and was there to celebrate his birthday. E. Mani’s contribution on the song “Mysterious Ways” entices the audience to feel the Spirit as he and the entire cast ‘get their church-on’.
The Alhambra Theater & Dining’s interpretation of “The Color Purple” will have you laughing, shouting a little church praise and/or may even entice you to shed a tear or two. Upon viewing the production once again, it appears that more dialogue, under the production of Tod Booth, has been added to the script.
The musical number “Push Da Button” incorporates a little Dirty Dancing with a jook-joint-style that has the ensemble moving to the rhythm of the beat and the entire cast is to be commended for a job well done.
“The Color Purple”
Dates: March 26 – April 27, 2014
Show Times: 8:00 p.m. for evening shows Tuesday through Sunday. Doors open at 5:45 p.m., and dinner will be served until 7:30 p.m. Matinees on Saturday are at 1:15 p.m. Doors open at 11:00 a.m. and the brunch starts at 11:15 a.m. Sunday matinee is at 2:00 p.m. Doors open at noon and the meal starts at 12:15 p.m.
Tickets: Regular pricing for tickets starts at $47.00. Preview night pricing for the first two nights (March 26 & 27, 2014) are available for $38.00. Ticket price includes dinner, show and parking. Group sales are available.
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