By Sandra Varner

“The Church Ladies” From left to right: Nesha Ward, Deaun Parker and Virlinda Stanton.

Broadway San Jose is presenting the South Bay debut of “The Color Purple,” a musical about love, at the San Jose Center for the Performing Arts, 255 Almaden Blvd, San Jose, Nov. 23-28, for 8 performances only.

Tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by calling (415) 792-4111 or visiting the website Readers  of the Post can take advantage of specially priced tickets and select seats during all performances.  When making ticket purchases use the promo code: JOYFUL.

“The Color Purple” is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg.

With a joyous, Grammy-nominated score featuring gospel, jazz, pop and the blues, the musical is about hope and the healing power of love. It dramatizes the story of Celie, a woman who triumphs over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world.

Q&A with Lee Colston (Harpo)

Sandra Varner (Talk2SV): How old were you when Alice Walker’s novel, “The Color Purple” was published?

Colston/Harpo: I was one year old the year Alice Walker’s novel was published.

Talk2SV: When did you first see the Broadway production of The Color Purple?

Colston/Harpo: I saw the show in New York when it was on Broadway. I don’t remember the year. I do remember watching the show and seeing the guy who played Harpo thinking to myself, ‘I could do that.’ Never in a million years would I think I’d really be in the show.

Talk2SV: How long have you been a part of the touring company for The Color Purple?

Colston/Harpo: Since February 2010.

Talk2SV: What other character in the cast do you admire most and why?

Colston/Harpo: Celie, of course, I love her journey. Many of her scenes are filled with so many wonderful moments for actors to play with.

Talk2SV: As part of the national touring company, what do you find consistent among audiences?

Colston/Harpo: The look of joy on people’s faces when we come out to bow and sing the finale; people are always so happy and overjoyed after watching the show.  What have been some of the more memorable occurrences since touring with The Color Purple?

Colston/Harpo: There were three elderly women in the front row of our last city. They were so affected by what they had experienced during the show that they were overwhelmed with joy and happiness. It was so moving for me to see how powerful this show is for people. Every time we do the show, we are constantly being reminded of that.

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