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Ossie Davis: In His Own Words

In this very special 9 minute tribute, you'll hear Ossie talk about the first Broadway show he ever saw, his early New York training and his memories of opening night of his play PURLIE VICTORIOUS. The music in the tribute is primarily from CABIN IN THE SKY and PURLIE, the musical version of Ossie's play. We hope you enjoy it.

This tribute to Ossie Davis is courtesy of Walkin' Broadway™ is the newest attraction to hit Times Square and makes Broadway's Theater District come alive for theater fans. This celebrity guided audio tour delivers theater, history, architecture, music and humor. The stories of Broadway, the infamous tales and the backstage secrets, are shared by the very stars that have created some of your favorite shows. Over 40 voices - including producers, actors, composers, directors, designers, theater owners, and industry specialists - are woven into the tour hosted by radio and television personality Elliott Forrest. In addition, you'll hear music and songs from many Broadway shows, past and present.

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Ossie Davis, whose career spanned five decades and crossed back and forth between the stage and screen has passed away at 87 on February 4, 2005. Ossie Davis was a two-time Tony nominee, first nominated in 1958 for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance in Jamaica. He was again nominated in 1970 for Best Musical for Purlie, a musical that he wrote the book for, based on the play Purlie Victorious which he also wrote.

On the performing front, his Broadway appearances include Jeb, The Leading Lady, The Smile of the World, The Wisteria Trees, The Green Pastures, Remains to Be Seen, Touchstone, Jamaica, A Raisin in the Sun, Purlie Victorious, The Zulu and the Zayda, I'm Not Rappaport, and a one-night appearance in A Celebration of Paul Robeson.

For more information on his life and career, click here.

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