Tony Award-winning Hamilton star Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to the New York stage in the first Broadway revival of Ossie Davis's Purlie Victorious. See this rare production at the Music Box Theatre, and get Purlie Victorious tickets on New York Theatre Guide.
Titled in full Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, the comedic show follows a traveling preacher (the title Purlie, played by Odom) who returns to his Georgia hometown in the Jim Crow era to take back his inheritance from an oppressive plantation owner. With the help of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins (played by Tony nominee Kara Young), Purlie plots to use his money to emancipate the enslaved workers and save his church.
Odom is best known for musical roles on stage and screen, including Aaron Burr in Hamilton and Sam Cooke in the film One Night in Miami.... His diverse array of work in theatre, film, TV, and music has earned him Tony and Grammy Awards, three Emmy nominations, and two Academy Award nominations.
Tony winner Kenny Leon (A Soldier's Play) directs Purlie Victorious on Broadway. It's his latest in a string of revivals: In fall 2022, he directed the 2023 Best Revival of a Play winner, Topdog/Underdog, along with a revival of Adrienne Kennedy's Ohio State Murders starring Audra McDonald. In summer 2023, he staged Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park.
Ossie Davis's Purlie Victorious is a play, not a musical, though a musical adaptation called Purlie premiered on Broadway in 1970. The 2023 revival is of the original play, which was last seen on Broadway upon its 1961 premiere.
Purlie Victorious is Davis's only Broadway play, though he also got writing credit for the Purlie musical despite not actively working on it. He appeared in multiple other Broadway shows, including the original production of A Raisin in the Sun, as an actor.
Tickets to Purlie Victorious in New York are available now.
September 7th, 2023
February 4th, 2024
12+ is recommended. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted.
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By: Ossie Davis
Director: Kenny Leon
Cast list: Leslie Odom, Jr. (as Purlie Victorious Judson), Vanessa Bell Calloway (as Idella Landy), Billy Eugene Jones (as Gitlow Judson), Noah Pyzik (as Deputy), Noah Robbins (as Charlie Cotchipee), Jay O. Sanders (as Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee), Heather Alicia Simms (as Missy Judson), Bill Timoney (as Sheriff), Kara Young (as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins)
Design: Derek McLane
Costumes: Emilio Sosa
Lighting: Adam Honoré
Sound: Peter Fitzgerald
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Hamilton Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway in the first revival of Ossie Davis's sharp comedy. See him as a preacher who returns to his Georgia hometown to reclaim his inheritance, free enslaved workers, and save his congregation.
Purlie Victorious on Broadway is playing at Music Box Theatre. The theatre is located in New York, NY, USA, 10036.
The running time of Purlie Victorious on Broadway is 1h 40m.
The recommended age for Purlie Victorious on Broadway is 12+ is recommended. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted..
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Ossie Davis wrote Purlie Victorious, which marked his Broadway debut as a playwright in 1961. A veteran performer, he also played the title character.
Tony Award winner Kenny Leon directs Purlie Victorious. His best-known directing credits include A Soldier's Play, Topdog/Underdog, and A Raisin in the Sun.
Purlie Victorious is suitable for all ages. The show does deal with themes including racism and enslavement. Please note that children 4 and younger are not permitted in Broadway theatres.
Purlie Victorious received acclaim from famous figures like Martin Luther King, Jr. and Eleanor Roosevelt upon its premiere, and it has since gone down as a classic. With Tony Award-winning talent at the helm, this revival promises to be nothing less than funny, smart, and memorable.
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