MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway
Opening Date
Mar 15, 1970
Closing Date
Nov 06, 1971
Previews
28
Performances
688
MusicalComedyOriginalBroadway

ABOUT THIS PRODUCTION

Theatres
Broadway Theatre
(Mar 15, 1970 - Dec 15, 1970)
Winter Garden Theatre
(Dec 16, 1970 - Mar 13, 1971)
ANTA Playhouse
(Mar 15, 1971 - Nov 06, 1971)

Setting
South Georgia. Not too long ago.

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization
Produced by Philip Rose
Music by Gary Geld; Lyrics by Peter Udell; Book by Ossie Davis, Philip Rose and Peter Udell; Based on "Purlie Victorious" by Ossie Davis; Music orchestrated by Luther Henderson and Garry Sherman; 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; Assistant to Ann Roth: Robert Pusilo; Assistant to Thomas Skelton: Shirley Prendergast; Sound Design by Robert Liftin
General Manager: Helen Stern Richards
Production Stage Manager: Leonard Auerbach; Stage Manager: Mortimer Halpern; Assistant Stage Mgr: Charles Briggs
Musical Supervisor: Garry Sherman; Conducted by Joyce Brown; Music Contractor: Gary Chester; Rehearsal Pianist: Patty Brown
Press Representative: Merle Debuskey and Faith Geer; Dance Captain: Harold Pierson; Asst. to the Choreographer: Mabel Robinson; Casting: Lynda Watson; Advertising: Ingram Ash and Blaine-Thompson
Ol' Cap'n
Lutiebelle
Charlie
Church Soloist
Idella
Singer
Dancer
Singer
Dancer
Dancer
Singer
Singer
Dancer
Singer
Dancer
Dancer
Dancer
Singer
Dancer
Understudies: Ted Goodridge (Swing Dancer), Linda Hopkins (Missy), Robert Jackson (Purlie), Synthia Jackson (Lutiebelle), Mildred Lane (Church Soloist), Ted Ross (Gitlow), Alyce Webb (Missy, Idella) and Curt Williams (Ol' Cap'n, Charlie)

Broadway Theatre (Mar 15, 1970 - Dec 15, 1970)

Assistant Stage Mgr: Jerry Laws

Cast

Deborah Allen
Broadway debut
Dancer
Singer
Understudy: Morgan Freeman (Purlie)

Winter Garden Theatre (Dec 16, 1970 - Mar 13, 1971)

Theatre Owned / Operated by The Shubert Organization

ANTA Playhouse (Mar 15, 1971 - Nov 06, 1971)

Cast

Lutiebelle
music by Gary Geld; lyrics by Peter Udell
Act 1
Sung By
Walk Him Up the Stairs
Company
New Fangled Preacher Man
Purlie
Skinnin' a Cat
Gitlow and Field Hands
Purlie
Lutiebelle
The Harder They Fall
Purlie and Lutiebelle
Charlie's Songs: The Barrels of War/The Unborn Love
Charlie
Big Fish, Little Fish
Ol' Cap'n and Charlie
I Got Love
Lutiebelle
Great White Father
Cotton Pickers
Skinnin' a Cat
Gitlow and Charlie
Down Home
Purlie 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 Start
Charlie and Company
Walk Him Up the Stairs (Reprise)
Company

Tony Award®

 

Best Musical

1970 Nominee
Book by Ossie Davis, Peter Udell and Philip Rose
Music by Gary Geld
Lyrics by Peter Udell
Produced by Philip Rose

Best Actor in a Musical

1970 Winner
Cleavon Little

Best Featured Actress in a Musical

1970 Winner
Melba Moore
 

Best Choreography

1970 Nominee
Choreographed by Louis Johnson
 

Best Direction of a Musical

1970 Nominee
Directed by Philip Rose

Drama Desk Award

Outstanding Performance

1970 Winner
Cleavon Little and Melba Moore

Theatre World

Award

1970 Recipient
Melba Moore
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