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
Dates: June 12, 13, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26, 27 at 8pm and June 14, 21 and 28 at 3pm
In the likelihood that this show sells out – we will add matinee performances on the Saturdays within the run.
Pure Life Theatre Company
3801 Hillsborough St. Suite 113 Raleigh, NC 27606
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