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Purlie is a musical with a book by Ossie Davis, Philip Rose, and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell and music by Gary Geld. Wonderfully dynamic poster designed African American artist Mozelle Thompson. For the original 1970 production at the Broadway Theatre. The cast included Cleavon Little as Purlie, John Heffernan as Cotchipee, Melba Moore as Lutiebelle, and C. David Colson as Charlie, with Sherman Hemsley, Linda Hopkins, Novella Nelson, and Helen Martin in supporting roles. Robert Guillaume replaced Little later in the run. Louis Johnson was nominated for a Tony Award in 1970 for his choreography. NOTE: This piece is a silkscreen and is mounted on an old linen.