'Purlie Victorious,' starring Leslie Odom, Jr., sets full Broadway cast

The revival of Ossie Davis's play will be directed by Kenny Leon, and the production has also newly announced its performance dates and Broadway theatre.

Gillian Russo
Gillian Russo

They're victorious! Purlie Victorious has set its full Broadway cast ahead of its opening this fall. The first Broadway revival of Ossie Davis's 1961 play will go up at the Music Box Theatre.

As previously announced, Tony Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. will play the title character. Completing the cast are 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, and Tony Award nominee Kara Young as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins.

The creative team, led by Tony-winning director Kenny Leon, includes set designer Derek McLane, costume designer Emilio Sosa, lighting designer Adam Honoré, and sound designer Peter Fitzgerald.

Titled in full Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch, the comedy play follow's a Black preacher's quest to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church.

Purlie Victorious performances begin September 7. The show's official opening date has yet to be announced.

Photo credit: Kara Young, Billy Eugene Jones, and Jay O. Sanders. (Photos courtesy of production)

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