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Purlie   

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
Cast
John Heffernan
Ol' Cap'n
Cleavon Little
Purlie
Melba Moore
Lutiebelle
C. David Colson
Charlie
Sherman Hemsley
Gitlow
Linda Hopkins
Church Soloist
Helen Martin
Idella
Novella Nelson
Missy
Loretta Abbott
Dancer
Carolyn Byrd
Singer
Barbara Christopher
Singer
Hope Clark
Dancer
Peter Colly
Singer
Morris Donaldson
Dancer
Denise Elliott
Singer
George Faison
Dancer
Judy Gibson
Dancer
Milt Grayson
Singer
Lavinia Hamilton
Dancer
Synthia Jackson
Singer
Mildred Lane
Singer
Tony Middleton
Singer
Al Perryman
Dancer
Harold Pierson
Dancer
Ray Pollard
Singer
Mildred Pratcher
Singer
Arlene Roland
Dancer
William Taylor
Dancer
Ella Thompson
Dancer
Larry Vickers
Dancer
Alyce Webb
Singer
Myrna White
Dancer
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)
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]
Melba Moore; Cleavon Little
Theatre World
winner 1970 Award [recipient]
Melba Moore
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