"It is a solid base of spiritual and emotional power for me," Winfrey said. "Every woman and man who has been invisible, who has felt unseen and unvalued, this is their story."
Alice Walker wrote the novel, published in 1982. The book chronicles Celie's life from 14 to adulthood. Whoopi Goldberg played Celie in the movie and Winfrey played Sofia, the outspoken daughter-in-law of Celie's husband, Mister (Danny Glover in the 1985 film).
Barrino plays Celie in the new movie and said the musical will make the story relatable to modern audiences. "We want to connect with the younger generation," Barrino said.
Colman Domingo plays Mister and Danielle Brooks, Sofia. The cast also includes Taraji P. Henson, Halle Bailey, Aunjanue Ellis, Corey Hawkins and Ciara.
"We get to see all these strong women shine and be who they're truly meant to be," H.E.R. said.
Marcus Gardley adapted the musical. Blitz Bazawule directs.