The First Breeze of Summer

Play - Original

Palace Theatre

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  • First Preview: June 7, 1975
  • Opening Date: June 10, 1975
  • Closing Date: July 19, 1975
  • Previews: 3
  • Performances: 48

Playwright: Leslie Lee


The matriarch of an upwardly mobile black family remembers her struggles in Leslie Lee's family drama.


Opening Night Cast

Ethel Ayler in The First Breeze of Summer Ethel Ayler Hattie
Charles Brown Nate Edwards
Carl Crudup Sam Greene
Peter DeMaio Joe Drake
Frances Foster Gremmer
Moses Gunn Milton Edwards
Bebe Drake Hooks Gloria Townes
Janet League Lucretia
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Leslie Lee Writer
  Douglas Turner Ward Director
  Edward Burbridge Scenic Design
  Thomas R. Skelton Lighting Design
  Dorothy Olim Associates, Inc. General Manager
  Howard Atlee General Press Representative
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Clarence Derwent Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1975 Most Promising Male Performer Reyno Winner

Outer Critics Circle

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1975 John Gassner Award Leslie Lee Winner

Tony Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1976 Play   Nominee
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