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Leslie Odom Jr. returns to Broadway for the first time since Hamilton.
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About Purlie Victorious on Broadway

Tony and Grammy Award winner Leslie Odom, Jr. is back on Broadway! Catch his star turn in the title role of Purlie Victorious, Ossie Davis's landmark comedy. Get Purlie Victorious tickets on TodayTix.

Purlie Victorious doesn't travel through Broadway often — this is its first revival since its 1961 premiere. Don't miss your chance to see Hamilton and Glass Onion star Odom as the title traveling preacher who schemes to reclaim his inheritance and liberate his kinfolk in Jim Crow-era Georgia.

While the play has searing social satire aplenty, Purlie Victorious is also a hoot — "it won't let you wipe that grin off your face," the New York Times critic wrote of the "marvelously exhilarating" show back in the '60s.

Feel victorious when you get your Purlie Victorious Broadway tickets on TodayTix.

Run time

1h 40m

Start date

September 7th, 2023

End date

February 4th, 2024

Categories

Age

12+ is recommended. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted.

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Reviews

Audiences Say
Great acting, Entertaining, Clever, Absorbing, Funny
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Profound, Great acting, Great staging, Great writing, Masterful
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Hilarious, Great writing, Great acting, Absorbing
96 / 100
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Funny, Thought-provoking, Relevant, Great acting
84 / 100
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Thought-provoking, Funny, Great writing, Great staging, Great acting
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Stars on stage

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Leslie Odom, Jr.

Purlie Victorious on Broadway cast and creative team

By: Ossie Davis
Director: Kenny Leon
Cast list: Leslie Odom, Jr. (as Purlie Victorious Judson), Vanessa Bell Calloway (as Idella Landy), Billy Eugene Jones (as Gitlow Judson), Noah Pyzik (as Deputy), Noah Robbins (as Charlie Cotchipee), Jay O. Sanders (as Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee), Heather Alicia Simms (as Missy Judson), Bill Timoney (as Sheriff), Kara Young (as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins)
Design: Derek McLane
Costumes: Emilio Sosa
Lighting: Adam Honoré
Sound: Peter Fitzgerald

Venue

Music Box Theatre

239 West 45th Street (between Broadway and 8th Avenue), New York, NY, USA, 10036

Accessibility

Accommodations for patrons who are blind, deaf, partially sighted, and/or have hearing loss; partial wheelchair access, handrail access

More information about Purlie Victorious on Broadway

Purlie Victorious is a play about the preacher Purlie Victorious Judson's quest to emancipate his people. He returns to Georgia to face down Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee, a plantation owner holding onto Purlie's rightful inheritance. Purlie hopes to use that money to convert his old church into an integrated congregation and free the enslaved workers on Cotchipee's plantation.

Ossie Davis is best known for his extensive acting work in film and on Broadway, which earned him inductions into the American Theater Hall of Fame and NAACP Image Awards Hall of Fame, a National Medal of Arts, and a Kennedy Center Honors. Purlie Victorious is his only Broadway play as a writer.

Taking on the title role in 2023 is Leslie Odom, Jr., whose extensive career spans theatre, TV, film, and music. He's best known for roles including the original Aaron Burr in Hamilton on Broadway, Sam Cooke in the movie One Night in Miami..., and Lionel Toussaint in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery.

Odom is joined by multiple other Broadway greats, including two-time Tony nominee Kara Young as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins and three-time Drama Desk Award winner Jay O. Sanders as Cotchipee.

What to watch for

  • The play is titled in full Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch.
  • Purlie Victorious is a play, but Philip Rose and Peter Udell adapted it into a musical, Purlie, in 1970. The 2023 production is of Davis's original play.
  • Ossie Davis starred in the premiere Broadway production of Purlie Victorious opposite Ruby Dee, his real-life wife, as Lutiebelle.
  • Preacher meets preacher! Martin Luther King, Jr. attended the 100th performance of Purlie Victorious on Broadway in 1962.
  • Director Kenny Leon is on a revival kick: He staged the 2023 Best Revival of a Play winner Topdog/Underdog in fall 2022, Adrienne Kennedy's Ohio State Murders two months later, and Hamlet for Shakespeare in the Park in summer 2023. Phew!

Please Note

The use of cameras, cell phones, and other recording devices during the show is strictly prohibited by law, except when used for accessibility services. No weapons permitted on the premises. No outside food or beverages, electric scooters, e-bikes, or battery-powered transportation devices, except when medically necessary. All items are subject to inspection & must fit on your lap or completely under your seat without blocking any aisles.

Frequently asked questions

What is Purlie Victorious on Broadway about?

Tony winner Leslie Odom, Jr. leads a "non-Confederate romp through the cotton patch" as the title Purlie, a preacher who plots to take back his inheritance to save his church and his enslaved people. Don't miss the rare revival of this play last seen on Broadway in 1961.

Which theatre is Purlie Victorious on Broadway at?

Purlie Victorious on Broadway is at New York's Music Box Theatre.

What is the age recommendation for Purlie Victorious on Broadway?

12+ is recommended. Children under 4 years old will not be admitted.

What is the running time of Purlie Victorious on Broadway?

Purlie Victorious on Broadway runs for 1h 40m.

How do you get tickets for Purlie Victorious on Broadway?

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Who wrote Purlie Victorious?

Ossie Davis wrote Purlie Victorious. He also starred in its 1961 Broadway premiere alongside his wife, Ruby Dee.

Who directed Purlie Victorious?

Kenny Leon directs Purlie Victorious on Broadway. The Tony Award winner is known for staging recent Broadway shows like A Soldier's Play, Topdog/Underdog, and Ohio State Murders.

Is Purlie Victorious appropriate for kids?

Purlie Victorious is suitable for audiences of all ages, though the show deals with themes like racism and enslavement that very young children might not fully grasp.

Is Purlie Victorious good?

Purlie Victorious is a rarely revived classic with sharp, laugh-out-loud satire and Tony Award-winning talent at the helm. The production promises to be an entertaining, unmissable romp.

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