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Broadway Theatre, (3/15/1970 - 12/15/1970)
Winter Garden Theatre, (12/16/1970 - 3/13/1971)
ANTA Playhouse, (3/15/1971 - 11/06/1971)
First Preview: Total Previews: 28
Opening Date: Mar 15, 1970    
Closing Date: Nov 06, 1971 Total Performances: 688

Category: Musical, Comedy, Original, Broadway
Setting: South Georgia. Not too long ago.

Production Staff [See More]
Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by Philip Rose
Music by Gary Geld; Lyrics by Peter Udell; Book by Ossie Davis, Peter Udell and Philip Rose; Based on "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis; Music orchestrated by Garry Sherman and Luther Henderson; Choral arrangements by Luther Henderson and Garry Sherman; Dance arrangements by Luther Henderson; Additional arrangements by Ray Wright
Directed by Philip Rose; Choreographed by Louis Johnson
Scenic Design by Ben Edwards; Lighting Design by Thomas Skelton; Costume Design by Ann Roth; Hair Design by Ernest Adler; Sound Design by Robert Liftin
General Manager: Helen Stern Richards
Production Stage Manager: Leonard Auerbach; Stage Manager: Mortimer Halpern
Musical Supervisor: Garry Sherman; Conducted by Joyce Brown; Music Contractor: Gary Chester
Press Representative: Merle Debuskey and Faith Geer; Dance Captain: Harold Pierson; Casting: Lynda Watson; Advertising: Blaine-Thompson and Ingram Ash
John HeffernanOl' Cap'n
Cleavon LittlePurlie
Melba MooreLutiebelle
C. David ColsonCharlie
Sherman HemsleyGitlow
Linda HopkinsChurch Soloist
Helen MartinIdella
Novella NelsonMissy
Loretta AbbottDancer
Carolyn ByrdSinger
Barbara ChristopherSinger
Hope ClarkDancer
Peter CollySinger
Morris DonaldsonDancer
Denise ElliottSinger
George FaisonDancer
Judy GibsonDancer
Milt GraysonSinger
Lavinia HamiltonDancer
Synthia JacksonSinger
Mildred LaneSinger
Tony MiddletonSinger
Al PerrymanDancer
Harold PiersonDancer
Ray PollardSinger
Mildred PratcherSinger
Arlene RolandDancer
William TaylorDancer
Ella ThompsonDancer
Larry VickersDancer
Alyce WebbSinger
Myrna WhiteDancer
Understudies: Ted Goodridge (Swing Dancer), Linda Hopkins (Missy), Robert Jackson (Purlie), Synthia Jackson (Lutiebelle), Mildred Lane (Church Soloist), Ted Ross (Gitlow), Alyce Webb (Idella, Missy) and Curt Williams (Charlie, Ol' Cap'n)
Theatre World
winner 1970 Award [recipient] 
  Melba Moore
Tony Award®
 1970 Best Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Ossie Davis , Peter Udell and Philip Rose ;  Music by Gary Geld ;  Lyrics by Peter Udell ;  Produced by Philip Rose
winner 1970 Best Actor in a Musical [winner] 
  Cleavon Little
winner 1970 Best Featured Actress in a Musical [winner] 
  Melba Moore
 1970 Best Choreography [nominee] 
  Louis Johnson
 1970 Best Direction of a Musical [nominee] 
  Philip Rose
Drama Desk Award
winner 1970 Outstanding Performance [winner] 
 Performer: Melba Moore and Cleavon Little
music by Gary Geld; lyrics by Peter Udell
ACT 1 Sung By
Walk Him Up the StairsCompany
New Fangled Preacher ManPurlie
Skinnin' a CatGitlow and Field Hands
The Harder They FallPurlie and Lutiebelle
Charlie's Songs: The Barrels of War/The Unborn LoveCharlie
Big Fish, Little FishOl' Cap'n and Charlie
I Got LoveLutiebelle
Great White FatherCotton Pickers
Skinnin' a CatGitlow and Charlie
Down HomePurlie and Missy
ACT 2 Sung By
First Thing Monday Mornin'Cotton Pickers
He Can Do It Missy and Lutiebelle
The Harder They Fall (Reprise) Gitlow, Lutiebelle and Missy
The World Is Comin' to a StartCharlie and Company
Walk Him Up the Stairs (Reprise) Company