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Purlie Victorious

First Preview: Sep 07, 2023

Opening Date: Sep 27, 2023

Closing Date: Feb 04, 2024

Running Time: 01:40

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Playing @

Music Box Theatre

239 W 45th Street New York, NY 10036

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Purlie Victorious: A Non-Confederate Romp Through the Cotton Patch is the rousing, laugh-filled comedy by Kennedy Center honoree Ossie Davis that tells the story of a Black preacher’s machinations to reclaim his inheritance and win back his church. Directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon (A Raisin in the Sun, Fences, Topdog/Underdog), this inspiring and delightful comedic masterpiece became the source material for the beloved hit musical, PurlieLeslie Odom, Jr. returns to Broadway for the first time since his Tony Award-winning performance in Hamilton.
Show Notes

Show Notes: No intermission

Audience Advisory:

Children under the age of 4 are not permitted in the theatre.

Performance Schedule:

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Leslie Odom
Jr.; Kara Young; Billy Eugene Jones


Kenny Leon

Written by

Ossie Davis

TDF Tickets Offers:

TDF member tickets:

Not currently available for this show

Listed atTKTS


Full-price tickets

$74 - $318



Quotation Mark

Critic's Pick! Ossie Davis’s 1961 play is no period piece, as a blazing and hilarious revival starring Leslie Odom Jr. testifies...The Purlie Victorious that opened on Wednesday at the Music Box—unaccountably its first Broadway revival—is every bit as scathingly funny as the 1961 reviews said it was. (In The New York Times, Howard Taubman called it “exhilarating,” “uninhibited” and “uproarious,” all in the first three paragraphs.) But even though times have surely changed—for one thing, the Cort Theater is now the James Earl Jones—everything dark in the play is still dark, and the lightness no less’s Odom who carries the play’s weight as it shifts from genre to genre and reveals further layers of character. Part of the freedom Davis took for himself, and that [Kenny] Leon emphasizes in his staging, is the right to be many things at once, not all of them reputable.

—Jesse Green, The New York Times

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Four stars! Ossie Davis's raucous play returns to Broadway in triumph...Directed knowingly by Kenny Leon, the show’s new Broadway production is a joyous affair, broad in comedy and in spirit. Davis populates his play with deceptively familiar types (the simple-minded country girl, the loyal mammy, the villainous Confederate, the simpering Uncle Tom) who have more dimensions than expected; the actors who inhabit them take manifest delight in subverting stock figures from the inside out. It’s in the rich supporting performances that Leon’s production comes most vividly to life...And then there is Kara Young, who is simply a wonder as Lutiebelle; after terrific performances in Clyde’s and Cost of Living, she proves once again why she is one of Broadway's fastest-rising stars.

—Adam Feldman, Time Out New York

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Happily, I have no need to keep my mouth shut about Purlie Victorious...Fast, fierce and big-hearted, the show crackles with the verve of its central performances, and the play, at 62 years old, feels wittier, braver, less careful and more caring than much contemporary writing. Both unflinching and generous, it’s just about as sharp as satire gets...[Kenny] Leon keeps it flying along at a gallop, fast enough that you have to lean in, and the list of why-don’t-they-write-jokes-like-this-anymore moments is long...Good satire also has to sting, and the show’s laughter never lets us off the hook.

—Sara Holdren, New York Magazine

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Box Office

No stairs into lobby, box office assistance available. Ticket Lobby Counter is 47" high. Accessible pass-through with writing shelf at 32".


Valet parking lot: North side of Street between Broadway & 8th Ave. Vans enter on 46th St. Valet parking garage: East of Shubert Alley, on south side of 45th St. between Broadway & 8th Ave. No vans.

Curb Ramps

(2.5" lip) SW corner of 45th St. & Broadway; NW corner 45th St. & Broadway.


Unisex: Ticket Lobby. ADA compliant. Door 33". Stall 90" x 66". Commode 18". Grab bars.

Directions Subway

Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, W, A, C or E to 42nd Street. Theatre is three blocks north and half a block west.


Orchestra on ground level, step up to the last two rows. Lower lounge and mezzanine reached only by stairs.


There are no elevators or escalators at this theatre.


Ticket Lobby. Coin slot 46". Cord 29". With TTY, electric outlet and shelf.


Double doors in series: 1st set (each 29") has one pair of automatic doors from 45th Street to Ticket Lobby with push-button control; 2nd set (each 32", attended by ushers) to rear Orchestra.

Visual Assistance

Vision seats in the front of the orchestra available for purchase online, in person, or over the phone. Audio Description is also available through the GalaPro app. More information can be found here:

Water Fountain

Ticket lobby. Spout 36" and 43".

Assisted Listening System

Reservations are not necessary. Drivers license or ID with printed address required as a deposit. Please call: (212) 582-7678 to reserve in advance. Closed Captioning is also available through the GalaPro app. For more information on GalaPro, check here:

Wheelchair Info

Wheelchair seating available in the Orchestra section only. Theatre is not completely wheelchair accessible.

Directions Bus

The M7, M20, and M104 each stop in close proximity to the theatre.

Folding Armrests

Mobility seats with folding armrests plus companion seat available for purchase online, in person, or over the phone


Subtitled language translations available in Spanish for $5 on the GalaPro app. For more information, go to

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Public Transportation

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By Subway:

Take the 1, 2, 3, 7, N, R, Q, W, A, C or E to 42nd Street. Theatre is three blocks north and half a block west.

Bus Icon

By Bus:

The M7, M20, and M104 each stop in close proximity to the theatre.