A woman named Celie finds the strength to triumph over adversity in “The Color Purple,” a Tony-nominated musical is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and Academy Award-winning film by Steven Spielberg of the same name. Its Grammy-nominated score features gospel, jazz, pop and blues.
>> “The Color Purple” plays at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at Mesa Arts Center, 1 E. Main St. More shows are scheduled for Thursday through Oct. 17 at The Orpheum Theatre in Phoenix. $30-$55. (480) 644-6500 or mesaartscenter.com.