Sat, 10/26/2019 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Experience true Southern hospitality at Celie’s Southern Tea before the matinee performance of the Tony Award-winning musical The Color Purple on October 26, 2019, at 1:00 p.m. Enjoy scrumptious Southern comfort food like fried green tomatoes, cornbread muffins, and hummingbird cake, and meet “Celie” and her sister “Nettie,” played by Eben K. Logan and Kyrie Courter. Celie’s Southern Tea is $37.00 for adults and $27.00 for children 12 and under. Reservations must be made 24 hours in advance.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at The Color Purple, then complete your experience by attending the 3:00 p.m. performance immediately following tea. To purchase tickets for Celie’s Southern Tea or The Color Purple, call 630.530.0111 or visit The Color Purple runs through November 3, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace.

About The Color Purple

Drury Lane Theatre continues its 2019/2020 Season with the 2016 Tony Award-winning The Color Purple, with book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen BrayThe Color Purple is directed by Lili-Anne Brown, choreographed by Breon Arzell, and music directed by Jermaine Hill. The production runs September 13 – November 3, 2019, at Drury Lane Theatre, 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace. 

The Color Purple tells the story of Celie, an African American woman in the American South during the early 1900s, as she navigates her adoration for her sister and her beloved children, the strife of being in an abusive relationship, and her own spirituality. This inspiring musical is based on Alice Walker’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and has earned nearly fifteen Tony Award nominations including two wins, one for the Best Revival of a Musical. 

The cast of The Color Purple features Eben K. Logan (Celie)Sydney Charles (Shug Avery)Nicole Michelle Haskins (Sofia)Melvin Abston (Mister)Gilbert Domally (Harpo), and Kyrie Courter (Nettie). The cast also includes Jos N. BanksAdia BellChuckie BensonSean BlakeShantel CribbsMelanie Loren, Marvin Malone IIGabriel MuddAdhana ReidCamille RobinsonAlexis J. RostonLorenzo Rush Jr., and Joey Stone.

The creative team for The Color Purple includes Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Design)Samantha C. Jones (Costume Design)Cat Wilson (Lighting Design)Ray Nardelli (Sound Design), and Paul Deziel (Projection Design)Larry Baker is the Production Stage Manager.

The Color Purple is rated PG-13.

More Dining Options at Drury Lane

Drury Lane’s gorgeous Lucille Restaurant offers convenient pre-show dining on-site and is regularly open for lunch, dinner, Afternoon Tea, and Sunday Brunch in addition to special holiday meals. 


Wednesdays at 11:00am

Thursdays at 11:00am at 6:00pm

Fridays at 6:00pm

Saturdays at 1:00pm and 6:00pm

Sundays at 4:00pm

Price: Varies

Make the most of your Drury Lane experience by enjoying a pre-show meal in our gorgeous Lucille Restaurant. Each menu is crafted with pre-show appetites in mind and offers prix fixe or a la carte options. Reservations can be made by calling 630.530.8300.

For additional information about events and dining at Drury Lane, visit or call 630.530.8300.

Fact Sheet / The Color Purple

Title:     The Color Purple

Book by:     Marsha Norman 

Music and Lyrics by:    Brenda Russel, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray

Directed by:     Lili-Anne Brown 

Choreographed by:   Breon Arzell

Music Directed by:   Jermaine Hill

Featuring:  Eben K. Logan (Celie), Sydney Charles (Shug Avery)Nicole Michelle Haskins (Sofia)Melvin Abston (Mister), Gilbert Domally (Harpo)Kyrie Courter (Nettie), Jos N. BanksAdia BellChuckie BensonSean BlakeShantel Cribbs, Melanie Loren, Marvin Malone II, Gabriel MuddAdhana Reid, Camille RobinsonAlexis J. Roston, Lorenzo Rush Jr.and Joey Stone

Creative Team: Arnel Sancianco (Scenic Design)Samantha C. Jones (Costume Design)Cat Wilson (Lighting Design)Ray Nardelli (Sound Design)Paul Deziel (Projection Design), and Larry Baker (Production Stage Manager).

Dates:                 Previews: September 13 – 18, 2019

                            Regular run: September 20 – November 3, 2019

                            Press Opening: Thursday, September 19 at 8:00 pm

Schedule:           Wednesdays: 1:30 p.m.

                            Thursdays: 1:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

                            Fridays: 8:00 p.m.

                            Saturdays: 3:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  

                            Sundays: 2:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 

Location:            Drury Lane Theatre at 100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace

Tickets:               Previews: $50 – $65

                            Single Tickets: $55 – $70

                            Wednesday and Thursday matinees: $55

                            Thursday and Sunday evenings: $65

                             Friday and Saturday evenings and Sunday matinees: $70

                            Senior Citizens start at $50 for matinees

                            Student group tickets available

                            Dining and show packages available

Box Office:         100 Drury Lane in Oakbrook Terrace 630.530.0111, Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000

                             or visit

2019/2020 Season and Subscription Information 

Still to come in the 2019/2020 season is the revival of the exhilarating The Color Purple (September 13 – November 3, 2019), based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel; the magical musical for all ages Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (November 15, 2019 – January 19, 2020); and the Regional Premiere of the beautifully captivating Gershwin musical An American in Paris (January 31 – March 29, 2020).

Three-show subscriptions for the 2019/2020 Season are on sale now, starting at $108. Subscribers receive priority seating, special offers on dining, flexible ticket exchanges, and early notification for added events and concerts. For more information, visit

The performance schedule for all productions during the 2019/2020 season is as follows: Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m., Thursdays at 1:30 p.m. and 8 p.m., Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 3 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. Student group tickets start as low as $40 and Senior Citizens start at $50 for matinees. Dining and show packages are also available. For individual ticket on-sale dates and ticket reservations, call the Drury Lane Theatre box office at 630.530.0111 or Ticketmaster at 800.745.3000 or visit 

About Drury Lane Theatre   

Built from scratch. Built in Oakbrook. Built for you.

Founded by Anthony DeSantis over 60 years ago, Drury Lane remains a family-run organization under the leadership of President Kyle DeSantis. Drury Lane Theatre continues as a major force in the Chicagoland theatre scene, producing world-class theatre in collaboration with some of the nation’s leading actors, directors, and creative minds. Drury Lane Theatre produces the highest quality theatrical experience that immerses and supports our artists and audiences in the exploration of what it means to be human and to experience the transcending power of the performing and visual arts. Drury Lane strives to create an environment in which every individual or group is welcomed, respected, supported, valued and able to fully experience and participate in this transformative art form.

The theatre has staged more than 2,000 productions and has been nominated for over 360 Joseph Jefferson Awards. Drury Lane proudly employs thousands of professional actors, musicians, designers, and crew members to entertain upwards of nine million audience members and counting.