Ain't Supposed to Die A Natural Death

Ethel Barrymore Theatre

October 20, 1971 - November 13, 1971

Ambassador Theatre

November 17, 1971 - July 30, 1972

Previews Began: October 8, 1971

Opening Night: October 20, 1971

Closing Night: July 30, 1972

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Music: Melvin Van Peebles

Lyrics: Melvin Van Peebles

Book: Melvin Van Peebles

A series of vignettes of life in the black ghetto of the 1970s is presented as spoken-word poetry with musical accompaniment.

Just Don’t Make No Sense
Coolest Place in Town
You Can Get Up Before Noon Without Being a Square
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Come Raising Your Leg on Me
You Gotta Be Holdin Out Five Dollars on Me
Sera Sera Jim
Catch That on the Corner
The Dozens
Funky Girl on Motherless Broadway
Tenth and Greenwich
Heh Heh (Chuckle) Good Mornin’ Sunshine
You Ain’t No Astronaut
Three Boxes of Longs Please
Lily Done the Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail
I Got the Blood
Salamaggi’s Birthday
Come on Feet Do Your Thing
Put a Curse on You


Barbara Alston                                              Performer
Toney Brealond                                             Performer
Marilyn Coleman                                          Performer
Bill Duke                                                       Performer
Gloria Edwards                                             Performer
Joe Fields                                                      Performer
Clebert Ford                                                 Performer
Arthur French                                               Performer
Minnie Gentry                                              Performer
Carl Gordon                                                  Performer
Albert Hall                                                    Performer
Jimmy Hayeson                                             Performer
Sati Jamal                                                      Performer
Lauren Jones                                                 Performer
Garrett Morris                                              Performer
Madge Wells                                                 Performer
Ralph Wilcox                                                 Performer
Dick Anthony Williams                                 Performer
Beatrice Winde                                             Performer

Standby: Phylicia Ayers-Allen (Performer), Ted Lange (Performer), Joan Pryor (Performer), Roger Robinson (Performer)

Charles Adu                                                  Performer
                                                  5/9/72 – 7/30/72
Cecelia Norfleet                                           Performer
                                                  1/4/72 – 7/30/72

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