Three creators of the acclaimed Broadway musical, The Colour Purple, will arrive in South Africa shortly to attend performances of the first local production of the ground-breaking show at the Joburg Theatre.

Executive producer, Bernard Jay, says the theatre is excited and honoured to play host to the esteemed American writers and musicians, Brenda Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray this week.

South Africa is the first country outside of the US and the UK to stage the Tony award-winning musical.

The historic local production has so far also received a letter of support from Oprah Winfrey, who starred in Steven Spielberg’s 1985 film version of the Pulitzer Prize novel by Alice Walker.

The legendary songwriters Russell, Willis and Bray, a year ago united on stage of the Staples Centre in Los Angeles to receive their Grammy for “The Colour Purple” as Best Musical Theatre Album at the 59th annual Grammy Awards’ ceremony.