Musical (1970)

Musique: Gary Geld
Paroles: Peter Udell
Livret: Ossie Davis • Peter Udell • Philip Rose
Production à la création:

‘Purlie’ tells the story of Purlie, a self-taught preacher who returns to his home in the South with the intent of opening an abandoned church and ringing the bell of freedom. The problem is that Ol’ Capn’ is holding Purlie’s inheritance due to a long-lost cousin. With the help of Ol’ Capn’s son, Charlie, Purlie's manages to outsmart the white haired old-timer to win a victory for freedom.

Synopsis complet

Act I
Walk Him Up the Stairs
Newfangled Preacher Man
Skinnin' a Cat
The Harder They Fall
Charlie's Songs: The Barrels of War; The Unborn Love
Big Fish, Little Fish
I Got Love
Great White Father
Skinnin' a Cat
Down Home

Act II
First Thing Monday Mornin'
He Can Do It
The Harder They Fall (Reprise)
The World Is Comin' to a Start
Walk Him Up the Stairs (Reprise)

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Version 1

Purlie (1970-03-Broadway Run)

Type de série: Original
Théâtre: Broadway Run (Broadway - Etats-Unis)
Durée : 1 an 7 mois 3 semaines
Nombre : 28 previews - 688 représentations
Première Preview : dimanche 15 mars 1970
Première : dimanche 15 mars 1970
Dernière : samedi 06 novembre 1971
Mise en scène : Philip Rose
Chorégraphie :
Producteur :
Avec : Cleavon Little (Purlie), Linda Hopkins (Church Soloist), Melba Moore (Lutiebelle), Novella Nelson (Missy), Sherman Hemsley (Gitlow), C. David Colson (Charlie), Helen Martin (Idella), John Heffernan (Ol’ Cap’n); Dancers: Loretta Abbott, Hope Clark, Judy Gibson, Lavinia Hamilton, Arlene Rolant, Ella Thompson, Myrna White, Morris Donaldson, George Faison, Al Perryman, Harold Pierson, William Taylor, Larry Vickers; Singers: Carolyn Bird, Barbara Christopher, Denise Elliott, Synthia Jackson, Mildred Lane, Alyce Webb, Mildred Pratcher, Peter Colly, Milt Grayson, Tony Middleton, Ray Pollard
Commentaires : Broadway Theatre (March 15, 1970 - December 15, 1970)
Winter Garden Theatre (December 16, 1970 - March 13, 1971)
ANTA Playhouse (March 15, 1971 - November 06, 1971)

Version 2

Purlie (2004-09-Bridewell Theatre-London)

Type de série: Revival
Théâtre: Bridewell Theatre (Londres - Angleterre)
Durée : 1 mois
Nombre :
Première Preview : jeudi 02 septembre 2004
Première : jeudi 02 septembre 2004
Dernière : samedi 02 octobre 2004
Mise en scène :
Chorégraphie : Mykal Rand
Producteur :
Avec : Tee Jaye (Purlie), John Lyons (Cap ’n Cotchipee), Victoria Wilson James (Missy Judson), David Menkin (Charlie), Joanna Francis (Lutiebelle), Miguel Brown, Irene M. Forrester, Mykal Rand, Ife Kuku, Aaron Morgan, Peter Svensson, Craig Williams,
Commentaires : Based on Ossie Davies’s 1961 play “Purlie Victorious”, this opened on Broadway in March 1970, and after a quiet start became one of the big hits of the season. It ran for 688 performances and then went on tour before returning to New York for a brief run in 1972. (Gary Geld and Peter Udell would go on to further Broadway success in 1975 with “Shenandoah”.) This was its first production outside the USA, and although it would have been a trail-blazing piece at the time of the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s, it was now felt to be no more than a tuneful, jolly but very dated piece of Black History.

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