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Leslie Odom Jr. Set to Star in ‘Purlie Victorious’

Want to be in the room where it happens? Your chance is coming up as Leslie Odom Jr. is returns to Broadway in 2024 to star in Purlie Victorious.

Leslie Odom Jr. is one of the most versatile actors of our time, having made a name for himself on stage, in film, and on television. Odom shot to stardom after his Tony Award-winning performance as Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton. He’s also starred in Glass Onion, Central Park, and One Night in Miami. Now, Odom is taking on a new challenge. He’s starring in a new production of Ossie Davis’ Purlie Victorious on Broadway next season, directed by Kenny Leon.

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The Story of Purlie Victorious

Purlie Victorious is a classic play that was written by Ossie Davis in the 1960s. Davis starred in his production alongside his wife, Ruby Dee. Both were talented actors and ardent civil rights activists.

The musical centers on a young man named Purlie Victorious who returns to his rural Southern hometown to fight for justice and equality. The story is set in the Jim Crow south. Purlie is a dynamic traveling preacher who returns to his small hometown in Georgia. There, he’s hoping to save Big Bethel, the community’s church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee’s plantation. 

The play was groundbreaking in its time, addressing important social issues such as racism, segregation, and inequality. The play was a hit on Broadway in the 60s, and it has since been revived several times, always to critical acclaim. The themes of Purlie Victorious are just as relevant today as they were in the 1960s. Issues of racism, inequality, and injustice continue to be at the forefront of our national conversation.

Leslie Odom Jr. Returns to Broadway

Leslie Odom Jr. is the perfect choice to play Purlie Victorious, as he has a natural charisma and talent that make him one of the most sought-after actors of his generation. He is also no stranger to tackling difficult roles, as his portrayal of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” showed. In this new production of Purlie Victorious, Odom Jr. will bring his own unique energy and passion to the role, making this a must-see show for audiences next season.

The Behind the Scenes Talent of Purlie Victorious

Odom is not the only big name attached to this production. The creative and producing team is also stacked with knockout theatrical professionals.

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Kenny Leon, the director of this new production, is one of the most respected directors in the industry. Now, you may know Leon as he directed this season’s Broadway runs of Topdog/Underdog and Ohio State Murders.

The creative team will feature Derek McLane, Emilio Sosa and Adam Honoré. The producing team is led by Jeffrey Richards, Hunter Arnold, Irene Gandy, Jacob Soroken Porter, Kayla Greenspan. Leslie Odom, Jr. will also be a part of the producing team, making this his Broadway producing debut.

Final Thoughts

The excitement for this new production of Purlie Victorious is already building, and it is sure to be one of the most talked-about shows of the next Broadway season. This show is guaranteed to be a standout among Broadway productions next season.

Whether you are a fan of musicals, plays, or just great storytelling, this show is not to be missed. Be sure to get your tickets as soon as they become available, because this show is sure to sell out fast!

Purlie Victorious is set to open late summer 2023.

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