Purlie

Broadway Theatre

March 15, 1970 - Decemer 15, 1970

Winter Garden Theatre

December 16, 1970 - March 13, 1971

ANTA Playhouse

March 15, 1971 - November 6, 1971

Previews Began: -

Opening Night: March 15, 1970

Closing Night: November 6, 1971

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Music: Gary Geld

Lyrics: Peter Udell

Book: Ossie Davis

Philip Rose

Peter Udell

A black man dreams of being a preacher and works to take control of the church in his small Georgia community despite the community’s difficult relationships with neighboring whites.

Musical Numbers

Act One

Walk Him Up the Stairs………………………Company
New Fangled Preacher Man……………………..Purlie
Skinnin’ a Cat………………………Gitlow, Field Hands
Purlie…………………………………………………Lutiebelle
The Harder They Fall………………Purlie, Lutiebelle
Charlie’s Songs: The Barrels of War/The Unborn 
Love………………………………………………………Charlie
Big Fish, Little Fish…………………Ol’ Cap’n, Charlie
I Got Love………………………………………….Lutiebelle
Great White Father…………………….Cotton Pickers
Skinnin’ a Cat……………………………..Gitlow, Charlie
Down Home…………………………………..Purlie, Missy

Act Two

First Thing Monday Mornin’……….Cotton Pickers
He Can Do It……………………………Missy, Lutiebelle
The Harder They Fall (Reprise)………………Gitlow,
                                                                     Missy,
                                                                 Lutiebelle
The World Is Comin’ to a Start……………….Charlie,
                                                                  Company
Walk Him Up the Stairs (Reprise)………..Company

Other Productions

1972 Broadway Revival
2005 Encores! Production