The Color Purple, which earned 11 Tony nominations in 2006 and launched its first national tour at the Kennedy Center in 2009, returns to D.C., this time at The National. The show is based on the classic Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker and the moving film by Steven Spielberg as adapted by librettist Marsha Norman and featuring a joyous score, merging jazz, ragtime, gospel and blues, by Brend Russell, Allee Willis and Stephen Bray. Opens tonight, Tuesday, April 12, at 7:30 p.m. Running through April 24. National Theatre, 1321 Pennsylvania Ave. NW. Tickets are $26.50 to $96.50. Call 202-628-6161 or visit nationaltheatre.org.