Bre Jackson: I'm Here
Bre Jackson is an American theatre actress known for her work in the Broadway productions of "The Color Purple", "The Book of Mormon", and "Six: The Musical".
On June 11, 2018, as part of the "Broadway at The Pierre" cabaret series in association with Broadway Sings for Pride, a concert was held at Two E Bar/Lounge — the sophisticated saloon located inside the New York City luxury hotel, The Pierre. The concert (titled "Encore") featured a performance by Jackson, backed by pianist and musical director Charles Santoro. The concert was scheduled on the day after the 72nd Annual Tony Awards, further celebrating the talent and legacy of the Great White Way.
Jackson performed the song "I'm Here" during the concert, where Shefik served as Videographer. "I'm Here" is a song from "The Color Purple".
"The Color Purple" is a musical with a book by Marsha Norman and music and lyrics by Brenda Russell, Allee Willis, and Stephen Bray. Based on the 1982 novel of the same name by Alice Walker and its 1985 film adaptation, the show follows the journey of Celie, an African-American woman in the American South from the early to mid-20th century.
The original Broadway production ran from 2005 to 2008, earning 11 Tony Award nominations in 2006. An enthusiastically acclaimed Broadway revival opened in late 2015 and ran through early 2017, winning two 2016 Tony Awards — including Best Revival of a Musical.
A film adaptation of the musical is currently in the works for a December 20, 2023 release.
The musical opened on Broadway at The Broadway Theatre on December 1, 2005. It was directed by Gary Griffin, produced by Scott Sanders, Quincy Jones, and Oprah Winfrey, with choreography by Donald Byrd and musical direction by Linda Twine. The musical closed on February 24, 2008, after 30 previews and 910 regular performances. The production recouped its $11 million investment within its first year on Broadway, and had grossed over $103 million by the time it closed.
Fantasia assumed the role of Celie in the original Broadway production from April 10, 2007 to January 6, 2008, becoming the first "American Idol" winner on Broadway. Fantasia reprised her performance as Celie in the 2010 National Tour, from June 30, 2010 to September 13, 2010.
- Videographer: Shefik
Last Updated: March 3, 2023