Leslie Odom Jr. Returns to Broadway in ‘Purlie Victorious’ Revival – Latest Hollywood News

Leslie Odom Jr. is returning to Broadway this summer time in a revival of Purlie Victorious: A Non-Accomplice Romp By way of the Cotton Patch.

Kenny Leon, who directed Topdog/Underdog and Ohio State Murders this season, will helm the revival of the play by Ossie Davis. The play is scheduled to start in late summer time 2023, which can place it within the 2023-2024 season, however precise dates and the theater haven’t but been introduced. 

That is the primary time Odom has appeared on Broadway since successful a Tony Award for his position within the authentic solid of Hamilton. Since then, he has appeared in a number of movies, together with Glass Onion: A Knives Out Thriller, Harriet and One Night time in Miami. 

The play, which is a satirical have a look at life within the South, initially premiered on Broadway in 1961, with the playwright starring as Purlie Victorious Judson (the position Odom will play within the new manufacturing) and his spouse, Ruby Dee starring as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins. Davis and Dee have been later named to the NAACP Picture Awards Corridor of Fame, awarded the Nationwide Medal of Arts and obtained 2004 Kennedy Middle Honors. 

The play was later tailored into the musical Purlie, which premiered on Broadway in 1970.

“Ossie Davis gave the American theater an American hero in Purlie Judson,” Odom stated. “I’ve cherished this piece and its writer, Mr. Davis, for nicely over half my life. His writing and performing, his integrity, the dedication he and his sensible spouse made to nurturing younger expertise, and the instance of citizenship have meant a lot to me! I’m thrilled past measure to be a part of this revival firm. Mr. Davis’ pages are stuffed with pleasure and rhythm, laughter and hope. We’ll endeavor to reside as much as the calls for of a difficult textual content and the legacy of an amazing American.” 

“The Dee-Davis household is so excited that Purlie Victorious will return to Broadway. Dad’s genius with phrases was by no means extra evident than within the voice of Purlie Victorious Judson, who takes a humorous have a look at a severe topic. His name to justice is timeless and wanted now greater than ever,” the household stated.

Extra casting will likely be introduced at a later date. 

The manufacturing will characteristic scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emilio Sosa and lighting design by Adam Honoré.

The play is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Hunter Arnold, Irene Gandy, Jacob Soroken Porter, Kayla Greenspan and Odom.

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