PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch - A Hit!!!! - AmNews Curtain Raiser


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PURLIE VICTORIOUS: A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch - A Hit!!!!

Photo credit: Marcus Middleton

Photo credit: Marcus Middleton




A Non-Confederate Romp Through The Cotton Patch


Written by OSSIE DAVIS

Directed by KENNY LEON


Starring Tony and Grammy Winner LESLIE ODOM, JR.


- Jesse Green, The New York Times

“A comic riot! The funniest show on Broadway!”

 Robert Hofler, The Wrap

“Fast, fierce, and big-hearted, Purlie Victorious is just about as sharp as satire


– Sara HoldrenNew York Magazine

“a knockout show, as hilarious as it is cutting and as emotionally warmhearted

as it is politically potent.”

– Chris Jones, Chicago Tribune

“Kenny Leon’s production is zanily vivacious. Leon proves a maestro at conducting

a cadre of splendid comic actors.”

 Peter Marks, The Washington Post

“Laugh-out-loud funny, joyous, and inspiring! This is a Broadway comedy whose time is now.”

– Linda Armstrong, New York Amsterdam News

“Purlie Victorious should sit at the top of “must-see” lists for anyone who enjoys big-laugh comedies.”

– Brittani Samuel, Broadway News

“Leslie Odom Jr. leads a note- perfect cast that is a joy to watch!”

–  Jesse Hassenger, The Guardian

“Kara Young gives another commanding, stage-filling performance.”

– Tim Teeman, The Daily Beast

“Purlie Victorious has been given an urgent – and, oh yes, very, very funny – revival

by Leon and his top-notch creative team.”

– Greg Evans, Deadline

“Uproarious! The wave of shrieking laughs from the audience showcases just

how topical Ossie Davis’ riveting play still is today.”

- Aramide Tinube, Variety

“Purlie is Victorious indeed! A prodigious cast with an ensemble to cherish.”

– David Cote, Observer

Mr. Odom and Ms. Young make a dazzling pair of leads.”

– Charles Isherood, The Wall Street Journal

“Triumphant! A living, breathing work of art.”

– Kenji Fujishima, Theatremania .com

“As timely as it is boisterously funny!”

– Elysa Gardner, The New York Sun

The first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by legendary Ossie Davis starring Leslie Odom, Jr. officially opened on Wednesday, September 27 at The Music Box Theatre (239 West 45th St.). The revival is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (Topdog/Underdog, A Soldier’s Play, A Raisin in the Sun). Previews began on Thursday, September 7. 


Tony & Grammy Award winner and Academy & Emmy Award nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. stars in the production as “Purlie Victorious Judson”, alongside Vanessa Bell Calloway (Dreamgirls) as “Idella Landy”, Billy Eugene Jones (Fat Ham) as “Gitlow Judson”, Noah Pyzik (Addy & Uno) as “Deputy”,  Noah Robbins (To Kill a Mockingbird) as “Charlie Cotchipee”, Jay O. Sanders (Primary Trust) as “Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee”, Heather Alicia Simms (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as “Missy Judson”,  Bill Timoney (Network) as “Sheriff” and Tony Award nominee Kara Young (Cost of LivingClyde’s) as “Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins,” Melvin Abston (u/s Gitlow Judson), Willa Bost (u/s Missy Judson/Idella Landy), Brandi Porter (u/s Luttiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins) and Donald Webber Jr. (standby Purlie Victorious Judson).


Purlie Victorious is produced by: Jeffrey Richards, Hunter Arnold, Leslie Odom Jr., Louise Gund, Bob Boyett, Curt Cronin, John Joseph, Willette and Manny Klausner, Brenda Boone, Salman Moudy Al-Rashid, Creative Partners Productions,  Irene Gandy, Kayla Greenspan, Mark and David Golub Productions, Kenny Leon, Ken Greiner, John Gore Organization, W3 Productions, Morwin Schmookler, Van Kaplan, Ken Greiner, Patrick W. Jones, Nicolette Robinson, National Black Theatre, Alan Alda, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Nnamdi Asomugha, Kerry Washington and The Shubert Organization.


Tickets are on sale at Telecharge.com, 212-239-6200 or in person at The Music Theatre box office Monday through Saturday from 10 am – 6 pm. For more info, visit www.purlievictorious.com.


The creative team features scenic design by Tony Award winner Derek McLane (Moulin Rouge, MJ), costume design by Tony Award nominee Emilio Sosa (Trouble in Mind, A Beautiful Noise), lighting design by Drama Desk Award nominee Adam Honoré (Ain’t No Mo’, Chicken & Biscuits), sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (American Son, KPOP), hair & wig & makeup design by J. Jared Janas, fight direction by Thomas Schnall, incidental music by Guy Davis and casting by The Telsey Office (Will Cantler, CSA and Destiny Lilly, CSA).


Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway for the first time since his Tony Award-winning performance in Hamilton.  Exuberant and outrageous, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch is the joyous comedy that finds inspiration and laughs in the story of a man with a mission.  Alive with love and hope, this timeless story by American Playwright laureate Ossie Davis is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Topdog/Underdog).  


Davis and Dee were named to the NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame; were awarded the National Medal of Arts and were recipients of the 2004 Kennedy Center Honors. Davis was also inducted into the American Theater Hall of Fame in 1994.


Follow Purlie Victorious on social media @purliebway



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