Purlie

by  Peter Udell, Phillip Rose, Ossie Davis, Gary Geld

Full Length Musical, Comedy  /  4m, 4f

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"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 Dail…

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Purlie Victorious, that strutting, new fangled preacher man is back home and he wants a church and he wants freedom. Witty, memorable music and a whole lotta of fun unfold as Purlie outmaneuvers ol' Colonel and gets his girl Lutiebelle (or she gets him!). From the composers of Shenandoah.
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Reviews

"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 News

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre

License details

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Production

Details

  • Setting: The cotton plantation country of the Old South; the recent past

Music

  • Musical Style: Classic Broadway, Jazz
  • Vocal Demands: Moderate
  • Orchestra Size: Large

Song Samples

Walk Him Up the Stairs
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New Fangled Preacher Man
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Skinnin' a Cat
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Purlie
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The Harder They Fall
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Big Fish, Little Fish
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I Got Love
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Great White Father
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Down Home
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First Thing Monday Mornin'
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He Can Do It
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The World is Comin' to a Start
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Walk Him Up the Stairs (Epilogue)
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Casting

4m, 4f
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Resources

Rehearsal Resources

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Conductor’s/Rehearsal Piano Score
Reed I (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tambourine)
Reed II (Flute, Piccolo, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine)
Reed III (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine)
Reed IV (Flute, Alto Flute, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Tambourine)
Reed V (Bass Clarinet, Baritone Saxophone, Tambourine)
Trumpet I (Flugelhorn, Tambourine)
Trumpet II (Flugelhorn, Tambourine)
Trumpet III (Flugelhorn, Tambourine)
Trombone I (Tenor, Bass)
Trombone II (Tenor, Bass)
Percussion (Timpani, Congo Drums, Bells, Triangle, Tambourine, Cabassa, Harmonica, Jew’s Harp, Ratchet)
Drums (full set)
Violin I (amplified)
Violin II (amplified)
Viola (amplified)
Cello (amplified)
Bass
Guitars I & II (Electric/Acoustic/Classical & Electric/Acoustic /Bongo)
Orchestral Piano
Organ (Lowery preferred, substitute acceptable)
25 Chorus Books

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Authors

Peter Udell

Peter Udell

Phillip Rose

Phillip Rose

Ossie Davis

Ossie Davis

Gary Geld

Gary Geld

Purlie was first presented at the Broadway Theatre, New York City, on March 15, 1970. It was directed by Phillip Rose. 

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