Purlie Victorious

Comedy - Original

Cort Theatre (September 28, 1961 - November 18, 1961)
Longacre Theatre (November 20, 1961 - May 13, 1962)
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  • First Preview:
  • Opening Date: September 28, 1961
  • Closing Date: May 13, 1962
  • Previews: 0
  • Performances: 261

Playwright: Ossie Davis


A black man dreams of being a preacher and works to take control of the church in his small Georgia community despite the community's difficult relationships with neighboring whites, in Ossie Davis's comedy.


Opening Night Cast

Ossie Davis Purlie Victorious Judson
Ruby Dee in Purlie Victorious Ruby Dee Lutiebell Gussie Mae Jenkins
Sorrell Booke Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee
Godfrey Cambridge Gitlow Judson
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Ossie Davis Writer
  Howard Da Silva Director
  Ben Edwards Scenic Design
Ann Roth Ann Roth Costume Design
  Ben Edwards Lighting Design
  Walter Fried General Manager
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Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1962 Featured Actor in a Play Godfrey Cambridge Nominee
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