A few stars of the stage and screen stopped by Broadway's Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch Tuesday evening. Angela Bassett, Bryan Cranston, and Wendell Pierce caught up with the cast backstage after the performance—check out photos below.
Purlie Victorious began previews at the Music Box Theatre September 7, with an official opening set for September 27. The show stars Leslie Odom, Jr. in his first return to Broadway since his Tony Award-winning performance in Hamilton. Tony winner Kenny Leon directs the first revival of the Ossie Davis play.
The show follows Purlie (Odom), a traveling preacher who returns to his hometown in Georgia to save the local church and the cotton pickers working on a plantation. With the help of Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins (Tony nominee Kara Young), Purlie hopes to recover a long-lost cousin's inheritance and use it to achieve his goals.
The cast also includes Heather Alicia Simms as Missy Judson, Billy Eugene Jones as Gitlow Judson, Noah Robbins as Charlie Cotchipee, Vanessa Bell Calloway as Idella Landy, Jay O. Sanders as Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee, Bill Timoney as The Sheriff, and Noah Pyzik as The Deputy.
The production features scenic design by Derek McLane, costume design by Emilio Sosa, lighting design by Adam Honoré, sound design by Peter Fitzgerald, hair and wig and makeup design by J. Jared Janas, and original music by Guy Davis. Kamra A. Jacobs is production stage manager.
The revival is produced by Jeffrey Richards, Hunter Arnold, Leslie Odom, Jr., Louise Gund, and Bob Boyett, along with co-producers Willette and Manny Klausner, Salman Moudhy Al-Rashid, Creative Partners Productions, Glenn Davis, Irene Gandy, Kayla Greenspan, Ken Greiner, John Gore Organization, Patrick W. Jones, Kenny Leon, Van Kaplan, Nicolette Robinson, National Black Theatre, Alan Alda, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, Samuel L. Jackson, and Phylicia Rashad.