Sexual Awakening And Performance Of Excess Essay

795 Words Dec 10th, 2015 4 Pages
“Sexual Awakening & Performance of Excess in The Color Purple” As preached by the church ladies at The Color Purple, we better lock up all our men and young boys, too because there’s a new Shug Avery in town. Directed by John Doyle, the revival transplanted itself from a successful run at London’s The Menier Chocolate Factory to open on Broadway’s Bernard B. Jacobs Theater on Dec 10. The Broadway revival brought Cynthia Erivo to reprise her role as Celie and the Oscar and Grammy winner Jennifer Hudson as Shug Avery on her quest for EGOT. The act one showstopper “Push Da’ Button” is the show’s anthem of sexual awakening with a bold statement from Shug Avery -the sensual blues singer whose independent and assertive attitude oppose that of Celie, on teaching the town how to get sexy. In the scene, Shug Avery is performing at Harpo’s juke joint. The scene is Shug’s first interaction with the ensemble and there are significant difference in the staging between the original production and the 2015 revival. In the original Broadway production, the women in the ensemble was present in Harpo’s joint as the part of the audience and showing their interest and excitement towards Shug’s performance. This creates an opposite perspective from the lyrics of “Shug Avery Comin’ To Town” where the women in the ensemble showed their concern that Shug will steal the men in the town with her sensuality. The original staging also showed the women ensemble in same glittery and flashy costume as…

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