Purlie 1970

Opened: March 15, 1970
Closing: November 06, 1971

Purlie - 1970 - Broadway History , Info & More

Winter Garden Theatre (Broadway)
1634 Broadway New York, NY 10019

Based on Purlie Victorious by Ossie Davis

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The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Acquires the Archive of Novella Nelson
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Apr 8, 2024


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts' Billy Rose Theatre Division has acquired the archive of Novella Nelson. Learn more about Nelson!

New York Public Library for the Performing Arts Will Open Exhibition Featuring Theater Photography of Friedman-Abeles
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 26, 2024


The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts at Lincoln Center will soon celebrate the theater photography of the Friedman-Abeles Studio through a unique presentation of a selection of lenticular prints.

Exclusive: Hasna Muhammad, Daughter of Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee, Reflects on the Women of PURLIE VICTORIOUS
by Team BWW - Feb 2, 2024


As Purlie Victorious enters its final weekend on Broadway, BroadwayWorld is very excited to share an exclusive essay written by Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee's daughter, Hasna Muhammad, who played a key role in getting this landmark play back on Broadway. 

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Profiled on 'THEATER: All The Moving Parts', on CUNY TV
by Michael Major - Dec 19, 2023


Host Patrick Pacheco is first joined by cast members Kara Young, Jay O. Sanders, and Heather Alicia Simms, who talk about their provocative roles in this sly and subversive comedy in which white supremacy meets its worst nightmare. Then critic Brittani Samuel and CUNY Professor Hillary Miller place Davis's groundbreaking drama.

How Often Are Broadway Plays Adapted Into Musicals?
by Jennifer Ashley Tepper - Oct 8, 2023


This time, the reader question was: With Purlie Victorious returning to Broadway, what are other plays that were revived on Broadway after their musical adaptations premiered?

PURLIE VICTORIOUS on Broadway- A Complete Guide
by Sidney Paterra - Sep 29, 2023


Looking for all the latest info on one of Broadway's hottest shows? BroadwayWorld has the full scoop on everything that you need to know about Purlie Victorious on Broadway. Check out all the details below!

New Federal Theatre to Hold 53rd Anniversary Celebration Next Month at Edison Ballroom
by Blair Ingenthron - Sep 23, 2023


NEW FEDERAL THEATRE will hold its 53rd Anniversary Celebration on October 2 at Edison Ballroom, honoring Woodie King, Jr., Gabrielle Kurlander, and Sade Lythcott. The gala is chaired by Kenny Leon and Lynn Whitfield.

New Federal Theatre To Hold 53rd Anniversary Celebration in October
by Stephi Wild - Aug 30, 2023


Woodie King, Jr.'s New Federal Theatre (NFT), led by Producing Artistic Director Elizabeth Van Dyke, will hold a 53rd Anniversary Celebration October 2, 2023 at Edison Ballroom, 240 West 47th Street.  

PURLIE VICTORIOUS Starring Leslie Odom, Jr. Sets September Opening Night Date on Broadway
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jul 11, 2023


The first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by legendary Ossie Davis will officially open in September. Learn how to purchase tickets!

Stephen Schwartz, Pasek and Paul & More to Join MUSICAL THEATRE FEST at The Wallis
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jun 27, 2023


The ASCAP Foundation and the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts will present The ASCAP Foundation Musical Theatre Fest. See who is taking part and learn how to purchase tickets!

Leslie Odom, Jr. Will Return to Broadway in PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A NON-CONFEDERATE ROMP THROUGH THE COTTON PATCH, Directed by Kenny Leon
by Nicole Rosky - Feb 1, 2023


Tony & Grammy Award winner and Academy & Emmy Award nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. will star in the new Broadway production of the classic American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by the legendary Ossie Davis.

Newark Symphony Hall and WACO Theater Present BLACK TERROR
by Stephi Wild - Apr 5, 2021


Richard Wesley’s 'Black Terror' is co-produced by WACO Theater Center, which is based out of Los Angeles’ North Hollywood neighborhood. The production will be directed by WACO’s Co-Artistic Director, Richard Lawson, and will live-stream online this summer.

Student Blog: Zodiac Signs of Tony-Nominated Musicals
by Student Blogger: Madison Moore - Mar 22, 2021


The criteria are that these shows have been nominated for Best Musical from the 3rd Tony Awards (the ceremony that started the Best Musical category) in 1949 to the nominations of what will now be the 74th Tony Awards in 2021. I will be determining their signs based upon their Broadway premiere date. With those rules in mind, here we go!

VIDEO: Melba Moore Discusses Her Long Career and Gives a Backstage Tour in New Segment For 50PlusPrime
by Stephi Wild - Feb 17, 2020


Melba Moore has been a success on Broadway, on television, in movies, and music for over 50 years. In an all new segment for 50PlusPrime.com, Moore meets talks about her commitment to helping young entertainers live their dreams, and shares a backstage visit as she prepares to rock New York City.

Women of Color on Broadway Will Celebrate LaChanze and Melba Moore at The Cooper Union's Great Hall
by Chloe Rabinowitz - Jan 14, 2020


Women of Color on Broadway, a non-profit dedicated to supporting women of African, Latin, and Asian descent pursuing careers in musical theater, will present its Purple Crystal Honorary Awards in The Cooper Union's Great Hall on February 10, 2020. This year's honorees are Tony-award winners LaChanze and Melba Moore. The award celebrates the heroines of African, Latin, and Asian descent who paved the way for the next generation of women of color in theater.

LaChanze and Melba Moore to Be Honored By Women of Color on Broadway
by A.A. Cristi - Dec 30, 2019


Women of Color on Broadway is set to honor Tony Award-winners Melba Moore and LaChanze on February 10, 2020 at at The Great Hall in NYC.

Tony Award Winner George Faison Honored At Lotus Music & Dance Festival 
by A.A. Cristi - Mar 13, 2019


 Lotus Music & Dance will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2019 with a benefit dinner and performance on Monday, March 25th. This year also marks the 100th Birth Anniversary of bharata natyam dance guru, T. Balasaraswati ("Bala"). They will honor legendary choreographer, George Faison with the inaugural Bala Award for Excellence . Other Honorees include Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer for her support of cultural diversity in the performing arts.

George Faison Will Be Honored On March 25th At Lotus & Dance 30th Anniversary
by Stephi Wild - Mar 4, 2019


Lotus Music & Dance will celebrate its 30th Anniversary in 2019 with a benefit dinner and performance on Monday, March 25th. This year also marks the 100th Birth Anniversary of bharata natyam dance guru, T. Balasaraswati (“Bala”). They will honor legendary choreographer, George Faison with the inaugural Bala Award for Excellence . Other Honorees include Manhattan Borough President, Gale Brewer for her support of cultural diversity in the performing arts.

Melba Moore Comes To Woodstock Playhouse
by Stephi Wild - Jan 24, 2019


Producer/Executive Producer, Elynn Diamond will present Tony Award Winner, four-time Grammy Nominee, and R&B Hall Of Fame inductee, MELBA MOORE In Concert. Elynn's Co-Producer is Emmy Award-Winner Rick Traum. Ms. Moore will perform at the iconic Woodstock Playhouse on Saturday, March 30, 2019.

Orange Box Theater Announces Full Cast of PURLIE
by Stephi Wild - Aug 27, 2018


Purlie played by Ronald Edwards is a newfangled preacher man extolling the gospel of freedom. Tanasha West partners with him in the lead as love struck Lutiebelle and the key to Purlie's plan to win back Big Bethel - the family's symbol of freedom. Crystalyn Monet joins the cast as Aunt Missy apprehensive yet committed to Purlie's ambitious plan. While, Terry Kiser embodies the realist Gitlow, 'Deputy of the Color People', Missy's husband and Purlie's brother. Brian Christopher Roberson arrived in Atlanta just in time to portray Charlie Cotchipee who openly challenges the racist ideas of the old south which drives his plantation owning, Jim Crow believing father, Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee played by Ian Scott, also a newcomer to metro Atlanta, crazy. DeEtta West, sister to Cleavon Little who won the Tony for his role as Purlie in 1970, rounds out the cast as discrete yet alert Idella Landy, Charlie's childhood nurse and a former slave.

DeEtta West, Sister Of Cleavon Little, Winner Of The Tony Award For His Role In Purlie, Is Featured As Idella In Purlie
by Stephi Wild - Aug 25, 2018


DeEtta West is featured in the role of Idella Landy in the production of Purlie, opening at the Orange Box Theater on September 29. DeEtta accepted the role as a personal tribute to her late brother, Cleavon Little, winner of the Tony Award in 1970 for his performance as Purlie in the hit show. The show runs through October 7, 2018 (Orange Box Theater @ Mark SQuared Studios, 1804 Montreal Court, Ste B, Tucker, GA 30084)

Tony Winner Melba Moore To Headline Benefit Concert For The Caribbean
by BWW News Desk - Oct 30, 2017


Melba Moore - the Tony Award Winning Singer & Actress headlines A Benefit Concert For The Caribbean featuring R&B and Caribbean artists who come together to sing, speak out and raise funds and awareness for Hurricane Relief In the U.S. Virgin Islands and other parts of the Caribbean.

Broadway Vet and Acclaimed Actress Novella Nelson Dies at 77
by Robert Diamond - Sep 2, 2017


BroadwayWorld has learned that acclaimed actress and Broadway vet Novella Nelson died on Friday, September 1st at the age of 77. 

INNER CITY Reunion Concert Announced for Feinstein's/54 Below
by A.A. Cristi - May 24, 2017


FEINSTEIN'S/54 BELOW will be hosting a Reunion Concert of the 1971 Broadway musical, INNER CITY. The original Broadway production, directed by Tom O'Horgan, featured music by Helen Miller and lyrics by Eve Merriam.  The show was based on Merriam's book "The Inner City Mother Goose," a collection of updated nursery rhymes reflecting life of the disenfranchised inhabitants of America's urban inner cities circa 1970. The production ran at Broadway's Barrymore Theater from December 1971 to March 1972. Featured cast member, Linda Hopkins, was awarded a 1972 Tony Award for her performance.

Melba Moore: Forever Moore At Catalina Bar & Grill In Hollywood
by BWW News Desk - Nov 18, 2016


Chris Isaacson Presents has announced that four-time Grammy Award nominee and Tony Award-winner Melba Moore will appear in concert at the Catalina Bar & Grill in Hollywood celebrating the release of her new CD "Forever Moore." 

Purlie FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What productions of Purlie have there been?
Purlie has had 7 productions including Broadway which opened in 1970, Broadway which opened in 1970, Broadway which opened in 1972, Broadway which opened in 1972, London Fringe which opened in 2004, Off-Broadway which opened in 2005 and Regional (US) which opened in 2005.
What Tony Awards has Purlie been nominated for?
Best Musical , , Best Choreography for Louis Johnson and Best Direction of a Musical for Philip Rose.
What awards has Purlie been nominated for?
Purlie has been nominated for the Performance category at the Theatre World Awards, specifically for Melba Moore.
What awards has Purlie won?
Purlie has won the Performance (Theatre World Awards) for Melba Moore.

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