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Adrianna Hicks comes full circle in ‘Colored Purple’

December 15, 2017 GMT

The Tony Award-winning “The Color Purple” arrives from Broadway to the stage at the Forrest Theatre, 1114 Walnut St., for its first U.S. tour, now through Dec. 17.

“The Color Purple” is a 1982 novel by American writer Alice Walker, who won the 1983 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the National Book Award for Fiction. It was later adapted into a film and musical of the same name.

Taking place mostly in rural Georgia, the story focuses on the life of African-American women in the southern United States in the 1930s with 14-year-old Celie as the main character. In this tour, Texas native Adrianna Hicks is beyond thrilled to have captured the role as her own.

“When the show was on Broadway, I was a ‘swing,’ meaning I covered seven different roles, including Celie,” Hicks says. “So when it came time to take the show on the road, they auditioned other girls but finally asked if I’d like to take the role. I felt that was a real honor, a true blessing that was handed to me. This is a wonderful show and I am truly grateful for the opportunity.”

Her journey with musical theater began in high school and progressed through her days at the University of Oklahoma where she went on to received her B.F.A., winning a scholarship awarded by the Congressional Black Caucus.

“During high school, the theater students were taken on a trip to New York where we saw ‘The Color Purple.’ My next encounter was seeing the film, and then one day meeting Whoopi Goldberg (Celie in the film) on ‘The View.’ So I guess you could say today I’ve come full circle.”

And although being so inspired and in awe of Goldberg does present some pressure, Hicks adds, “Every time I take to the stage it becomes more of a privilege, and I’m so happy to be the next Celie.”

Both heart-warming and heart-wrenching, “The Color Purple” features a musical score that encompasses many types of music, from gospel to jazz to some forms of opera.

“The show is beautifully written and features much of the kind of music I grew up with both in church and at home,” Hicks says.

Her steadfast dedication to her craft has led her all over the world, appearing in such productions as “Sister Act” in Germany, “Legally Blonde” in Austria, and others. “So I figured being on this our will be a great way to see our own beautiful country.”

Since this tour is slated to run until next August, Hicks says she hasn’t planned on anything else. “I’ve got a lot of road ahead of me so I’m just enjoying it all. I had no idea this show would become such a big part of my life, but here I am today. And I love it.”

For more information call (800) 447-7400 or visit the Forrest Box Office.