The acclaimed revival of The Color Purple (AKA BBox’s favorite show of 2015) finally released their long-awaited cast album through Broadway Records, and boy was it worth the wait. It’s got vocals for days, it’s mixed to perfection, and it’s never coming off my iTunes. Below, BroadwayBox reacts in animated GIF to listening to each track for the first time; and since the musical is co-produced by Oprah, all the reaction GIFs will be of Ms. Winfrey.
1. The Opening/Mysterious Ways (Company)
We’ve expressed our love of The Church Ladies before but good gosh, Carrie Compere, Rema Webb & Bre Jackson can slay a song.
2. Somebody Gonna Love You (Cynthia Erivo)
3. Our Prayer (Cynthia Erivo & Joaquina Kalukango)
Selfie of me when Erivo and Kalukango’s voices blend together. #Chills.
4. That Fine Mister (Carrie Compere, Rema Webb & Bre Jackson)
The Church Ladies are #SquadGoals. This is beyond.
5. Big Dog (Isaiah Johnson, Cynthia Erivo & Male Ensemble)
There’s no way you’re standing still now—also, life is when Erivo comes back in with a bit of “Our Prayer”.
6. Mister/Nettie & Lily of the Field (Isaiah Johnson, Joaquina Kalukango & Cynthia Erivo)
….Mister. Before it was all fun now the story is coming in.
7. Dear God—Sofia (Cynthia Erivo)
8. A Tree Named Sofia (Carrie Compere, Rema Webb & Bre Jackson)
9. Hell No! (Danielle Brooks & the Female Ensemble)
But seriously, the phenomenal Danielle Brooks got the praise hand up and I was LIVING and lip-syncing for my life.
10. Brown Betty (Kyle Scatliffe, Patrice Covington, & Male Ensemble)
There’s nothing better than the one-two punch of “Brown Betty” and “Shug Avery Comin’ to Town”.
11. Shug Avery Comin’ to Town (Company)
This is song is a must—refresh some of your playlists with this showstopper.
12. All We Got to Say (Carrie Compere, Rema Webb & Bre Jackson)
Reading to filth. Also the delivery of “reefer” is everything.
13. Dear God—Shug (Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson)
NGL, I pressed repeat on this minute-long song four times before moving on.
14. Too Beautiful for Words (Jennifer Hudson)
Telling yourself track 14 is too soon to get all emotional. Hudson sounds amazing—so rich so full.
15. Push Da Button (Jennifer Hudson & Company)
This track is EVERYTHING. Find someone to dance on or use it to get ready to go out for the night. Either way tell everyone to back up while you unleash your inner Shug.
16. Uh-Oh (Company)
This has it all: the shady Church Ladies, fierce Danielle Brooks and great moments Kyle & Patrice.
17. What About Love? (Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson)
Where do you even go from here? How do you breathe? Who can remember?
18. African Homeland (Joaquina Kalukango & Company)
Joaquina Kalukango is clearly a star. End of story.
19. The Color Purple (Jennifer Hudson & Cynthia Erivo)
I guess this is the only GIF that works for a song you just added to every single Playlist on your computer and phone.
20. Celie’s Curse (Isaiah Johnson)
This song takes you by surprise. At first you’re like, ‘do I like this?’ But then you’re like ‘damn, Isaiah sounds good and he is Acting—capital A.'
21. Miss Celie’s Pants (Cynthia Erivo, Danielle Brooks, Jennifer Hudson & Female Ensemble)
This was one of my favorite moments live and happy to report it’s just as fabulous on the album. The only thing it’s missing is Danielle Brooks backing it up as Sofia.
22. Any Little Thing (Kyle Scatliffe & Danielle Brooks)
This song is pure fun—play it alone, dance around the house, sing it loud, live your life.
23. What About Love [Reprise] (Cynthia Erivo & Jennifer Hudson)
When you realize “I’m Here” is next and these ladies already have you at a level 8.
24. I’m Here (Cynthia Erivo)
Let’s take a journey of what this song, as sung by Cynthia Erivo, does to you.
But then Celie finds her strength around 2:30
When 3:10 comes.
By the end.
25. Reunion (Orchestra)
26. The Color Purple [Reprise] (Company)
One of the best cast recordings I have the pleasure of now owning, and you should own it too. It’s perfection from beginning to end.
See this powerful The Color Purple revival live at the Jacobs Theatre.