The story of Celie from The Color Purple – a young black woman living in rural Georgia in the early 1900s 

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who endures domestic and sexual violence, racism, and sexism before finding empowerment through 

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sisterhood to stand up for herself has come a long way since 1982. 

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Alice Walker's original novel was adapted into an 11-time Oscar-nominated Steven 

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Spielberg film in 1985 before becoming a 2005 Tony Award-winning stage musical.

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The musical remained on Broadway for three years – even bringing in American Idol winner Fantasia Barrino 

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to play the lead role of Celie for a time – before embarking on a series of American tours, 

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including an off-West End run, And, most recently, the acclaimed Broadway revival 

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from 2015 to 2017 brought a new popularity to the musical.

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