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Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

First Look: Leslie Odom Jr. Returns to Broadway in Purlie Victorious

Tony & Grammy Award winner and Academy & Emmy Award nominee Leslie Odom, Jr. is back on stage starring in the first Broadway revival of the American comedy Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch by the legendary Ossie Davis. Ahead of officially opening at the Music Box Theatre on September 28, 2023, take a look at the revival in new production photos.

The complete cast joining Odom Jr., who is making his first return to Broadway since starring in Hamilton, includes Vanessa Bell Calloway (Dreamgirls) as Idella Landy, Billy Eugene Jones (Fat Ham) as Gitlow Judson, Noah Pyzik (Addy & Uno) as Deputy, Noah Robbins (To Kill a Mockingbird) as Charlie Cotchipee, Jay O. Sanders (Primary Trust) as Ol’ Cap’n Cotchipee, Heather Alicia Simms (Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike) as Missy Judson, Bill Timoney (Network) as Sheriff, and two-time Tony Award nominee Kara Young (Cost of Living, Clyde’s) as Lutiebelle Gussie Mae Jenkins.

Leslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway for the first time since his Tony Award-winning performance in Hamilton.  Exuberant and outrageous, Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch is the joyous comedy that finds inspiration and laughs in the story of a man with a mission.  Alive with love and hope, this timeless story by American Playwright laureate Ossie Davis is directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Topdog/Underdog).  Have an evening in the theatre that will lift you up and “won’t let you wipe that grin off your face.” — The New York Times.

Check out the new production photos below.


Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Heather Alicia Simms and Billy Eugene Jones in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Heather Alicia Simms and Billy Eugene Jones in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young and Heather Alicia Simms in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young and Heather Alicia Simms in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Noah Robbins and Vanessa Bell Calloway in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Noah Robbins and Vanessa Bell Calloway in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Jay O. Sanders, Billy Eugene Jones, Kara Young, and Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Jay O. Sanders, Billy Eugene Jones, Kara Young, and Leslie Odom Jr. in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Leslie Odom Jr. and Kara Young in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young, Heather Alicia Simms, Leslie Odom Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Billy Eugene Jones, and Noah Robbins in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
Kara Young, Heather Alicia Simms, Leslie Odom Jr., Vanessa Bell Calloway, Billy Eugene Jones, and Noah Robbins in Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
The cast of Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.
The cast of Purlie Victorious. Photo by Marc J. Franklin.

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