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Melvin Van Peebles STAGE CREDITS

Original Broadway Production, 1982
Edward Aloysius Younger

Melvin Van Peebles Productions

[Broadway, 1982]
[Broadway, 1972]



Melvin Van Peebles Awards and Nominations

Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Book of a Musical

Melvin Van Peebles, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Book of a Musical

Melvin Van Peebles, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Tony Awards - 1972 - Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre

Melvin Van Peebles, Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Melvin Van Peebles News


Discover the historical impact of the expatriate art scene in postwar France with the exhibition 'Americans in Paris: Artists Working in Postwar France, 1946–1962.' Explore over 130 artworks that shed light on this creative period and the artists who sought refuge from discrimination. Opening on March 2, 2024, at the Grey Art Museum in New York City.
Grey Art Gallery at NYU Set to Reopen in Bigger Space and with a New Name

NYU's Grey Art Gallery is moving to a larger and more visible space at 18 Cooper Square in lower Manhattan.
The Untold History of Sony Hall - Home of BroadwayWorld's 20th Anniversary Concert

In this special edition of Broadway Deep Dive, Tepper uncovers the untold history of Sony Hall- where BroadwayWorld will celebrate our 20th Anniversary with a star-studded concert event on Sunday, May 21, 2023.
Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Comes to Soho Rep This Month

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker, musician, and composer Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album. Walker's ritual performance flows between incantation, love lecture, scene, and song as it considers the labor of performance itself and honors the legacy of Whitney Houston and so many other Black women beloved, and consumed, for their art.
Jillian Walker's THE WHITNEY ALBUM Premieres at Soho Rep in May

Soho Rep presents the world premiere of multidisciplinary theater-maker and “imaginary historian” Jillian Walker's The Whitney Album, a meditation on the artist's relationship to Whitney Houston's work and personal life, and perceptions of both in the American imagination. The production concludes a 2022-23 Soho Rep season consisting entirely of works commissioned by the organization
THE RULES OF THE GAME 4K Restoration Sets New York Opening Date

Considered one of the greatest films ever made, The Rules of the Game (La règle du jeu), by Jean Renoir, is a scathing critique of corrupt French society cloaked in a comedy of manners in which a weekend at a marquis’ country château lays bare some ugly truths about a group of haut bourgeois acquaintances.
Symphony Space to Present Elevator Repair Service's World Premiere of ULYSSES

Symphony Space, which celebrates James Joyce’s masterpiece Ulysses in its beloved annual Bloomsday on Broadway, marks the milestone occasion of the book’s 100th anniversary with a new commission in which Elevator Repair Service (ERS) brings the novel to wild, illuminating theatrical life.
Paramount Celebrates 30th Anniversary of Eddie Murphy Lead Comedy, 'Boomerang,' With Blu-Ray Release

Eddie Murphy’s portrayal of hotshot advertising executive Marcus Graham made BOOMERANG a hit when it was first released in theaters on July 1, 1992.  Featuring an all-star cast that includes Robin Givens, Halle Berry, David Alan Grier, Martin Lawrence, Grace Jones, Geoffrey Holder, and Eartha Kitt, Chris Rock, John Witherspoon, Tisha Campbell, and Melvin Van Peebles, this celebrated comedy was ahead of its time in playfully challenging stereotypes. The movie’s hit soundtrack, featuring Babyface, Toni Braxton, and Boyz II Men, topped the Billboard charts and earned triple platinum status.
KIMBERLY AKIMBO, HARMONY & More Nominated for Off Broadway Alliance Awards

The Off Broadway Alliance, an organization of Off-Broadway producers, theaters, general managers, press agents, and marketing professionals, has announced the nominees for the 11th Annual Off-Broadway Alliance Awards, honoring commercial and not-for-profit productions that opened Off Broadway during the 2021-2022 season. 
Academy Museum Announces Details of REGENERATION: BLACK CINEMA 898�"1971

The first museum exhibition of its kind, Regeneration: Black Cinema 1898–1971 opens at the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures on August 21, 2022. It offers the public a chance to learn more about how Black performers and filmmakers have helped define cinema in the United States. The exhibition explores the achievements and challenges of both independent production and the studio system, from cinema’s infancy in the 1890s through the height of the civil rights movement. Regeneration features rarely seen excerpts of films restored by the Academy Film Archive, as well as other narrative films and documentaries; newsreels and home movies; photographs; scripts; drawings; costumes; equipment; posters; and historical materials, such as entrance tickets, note cards, and telegrams; along with augmented reality experiences (AR) designed specifically for the exhibition.
Playwright and Theatre Professor Paul Carter Harrison Dies at 85

BroadwayWorld is saddened to report that playwright and theatre professor, Paul Carter Harrison, has died at 85.While teaching at California State University, Sacramento (1970–1972), Harrison conceived and directed Melvin Van Peebles’ “Ain’t Supposed To Die a Natural Death” prior to its Broadway production, and wrote his play The Great MacDaddy which was produced by the Negro Ensemble Company in 1973, and won an Obie Award.
Recap the 2020 Tony Awards Acceptance Speeches

As part of BroadwayWorld's expansive coverage of the 74th Annual Tony Awards, we're bringing you the full text of all of the acceptance speeches; from the emotional to the humorous, and everything in between. Keep up with all of the winners' speeches with our list below.
Broadway Revival of AIN'T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH Will Proceed, Dedicated to Melvin Van Peebles

As BroadwayWorld reported in March, Melvin Van Peebles' musical 'Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death' has been planning for a Broadway next year. The production will proceed, despite the recent death of the playwright, who passed away earlier this week at the age of 89. The show will now be dedicated to Peebles.
Film at Lincoln Center Announces Slate for New York Film Festival

The Revivals section showcases important works from renowned filmmakers that have been digitally remastered, restored, and preserved with the assistance of generous partners.
MELVIN VAN PEEBLES: FOUR FILMS Comes to Criterion Collection DVD

A tribute to a transformative artist whose caustic social observation, radical formal innovation, and uncompromising vision established a new cinematic model for Black creative independence.
Wake Up With BWW 3/24: AIN'T SUPPOSED TO DIE A NATURAL DEATH Plans Broadway Revival, and More!

Today's top stories: Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death is set to return to Broadway, Sunday in the Park With George will not open in the West End this year, and more!
Exclusive: Ana Gasteyer Sings 'The Wizard and I' from WICKED as Part of The Seth Concert Series; Re-Airs Today at 3pm!

Ana Gasteyer's performance as part of The Seth Concert Series, re-airs today at 3 PM ET.
Ana Gasteyer, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Pascal, and Kerry Butler Join THE SETH CONCERT SERIES in December

Ana Gasteyer, James Monroe Iglehart, Adam Pascal and Kerry Butler will join the December line-up of talent slated for The Seth Concert Series.
Hollywood Foreign Press Association & The American Cinematique Announce the HPFA RESTORATION SUMMIT

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association and The American Cinematheque are proud to present the HFPA Restoration Summit 2020 – two days of exciting film rediscoveries, onstage dialogues and clip shows that celebrate the art and science of film preservation and restoration. The events will take place at the American Cinematheque at the Egyptian Theatre on February 15 and 16. Demonstrating its passionate commitment to saving and reviving films from around the world, the HFPA is becoming one of the leading institutions in the field of film restoration. Its recent contributions include sponsoring the restoration of “The Black Pirate” (1926), spearheaded by director Alexander Payne and currently in progress; and Fellini's “Roma” (1972), from the Cineteca di Bologna in Italy.
Photo Flash: Apollo Theater Celebrates Classic Girl Groups With Martha Reeves, Sarah Dash, & Joshie Jo Armstead

Apollo Theater Celebrates Classic Girl Groups with Martha Reeves, Sarah Dash, & Joshie Jo Armstead. The Apollo Theater's Education Program brought together three legendary artists for She's A Rebel! A Tribute to Girl Groups of the 50s, 60s, & 70s on November 14, 2019. Presented as part of Apollo Education's 'Apollo Live Wire' discussion series, led by Senior Director of Education Shirley Taylor, the evening featured a lively panel discussion with founding members of groundbreaking girl groups, including Martha Reeves (Martha Reeves & the Vandellas), Sarah Dash (Patti LaBelle & the Bluebelles), and Joshie Jo Armstead (The Ikettes).


How many Broadway shows has Melvin Van Peebles been in?

Melvin Van Peebles has appeared on Broadway in 1 shows.

How many West End shows has Melvin Van Peebles been in?

Melvin Van Peebles has not appeared in the West End.

What awards has Melvin Van Peebles been nominated for?

Melvin Van Peebles has been nominated for the following awards for the musical "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death": Best Book of a Musical at the Tony Awards, and Best Original Score (Music and/or Lyrics) Written for the Theatre at the Tony Awards.

What awards has Melvin Van Peebles won?

Melvin Van Peebles has won the Tony Award for Best Book of a Musical for "Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death."

How many shows has Melvin Van Peebles written?

Melvin Van Peebles has written 4 shows including Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Don't Play Us Cheap! (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist), Reggae (Bookwriter), Waltz of the Stork (Bookwriter/Composer/Lyricist).

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