Book by Ossie Davis, Phillip Rose and Peter Udell. Based on the play Purlie Victorious by Ossie Davis. Music by Gary Geld. Lyrics by Peter Udell.
Directed by Aya Wallace, Music Direction by Ronzel Bell, Choreography by Aya Wallace and Chanda Branch, Costume Design by Brenda Hayes and Set Design by Deb Royals.
Pure Life Theatre Company
3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113 Raleigh, NC 27606
Dates and Times: Due to COVID 19, Purlie performance dates have changed. Purlie will open on Friday, July 31 and run through Sunday, August 23. Specifics: July 31, August 1, 7, 8, 14, 15, 21, 22 at 7:30pm. August 2, 9, 16 and 23 at 3pm. Tickets available now.
Please Note: We will be sharing the construction of our Purlie set as it evolves. We will also be releasing our cast, cast bios and interesting info about the story and the cast shortly.
Look out world, Purlie is coming back home! Based on the 1961 comedy, Purlie Victorious by the great actor Ossie Davis, the 1970 musical Purlie is set in Georgia during the era of Jim Crow laws and deep-rooted prejudice, none of that is going to set back Preacher Purlie and his new-found protege, young Lutiebelle. Purlie wants his people's rights and his own church in which to preach freely, and he sets out to get it all. Through the course of his antics, love blooms and faith swoons. Meanwhile, the Southern white plantation owner, holds his sharecroppers in virtual slavery. But the plantation owner’s son Charlie would rather live in an ideal world of peace and brotherhood. Innocent, but ineffective at first, Charlie jumps on Purlie's hallelujah bandwagon and soon--with a little help from Divine Providence--they parade laughing, clapping, and singing into the light. In the early days of the civil rights movement Purlie comes home as a preacher who shakes things up and brings freedom to his people.
“The book is so strong, the performance so magnificent, that this musical should have you calling out “Hallelujah!” ~ The New York Times
“A robust, tuneful and thoroughly enjoyable musical comedy, with dandy songs.”
~ New York Daily