Up for sale is an Exceedingly Rare Important Black Americana ORIGINAL LARGE LITHOGRAPHIC POSTER for the 1970 First Broadway Theater Showing of "PURLIE". This is NOT a 4 color process printed lobby card print which were commonly produced and distributed to many theaters.The poster is in outstanding condition for its age and is one of only a handful of known surviving original lithographs in this early style outside of the library of congress. This is the very scarce first run poster in large format which would have been seen on the historical opening night of the play at the Broadway Theater. After the play was proven with a successful opening night, the poster was reprinted with the names of the cast to promote the play. This is an authentic, 100% guranteed original vintage poster for Purlie and a really classy one at that. A rare opportunity to obtain such an important piece of American Civil Rights History of Museum Quality, ready for display in any premium collection or museum.
This is only one of two that I have ever come across and acquired in my 35 years of collecting. The poster is in great condition with some wear along the edges and corners as shown in the photos. There is some other minor wear as noted above in the condition description but it is in overall pretty amazing condition preserved for its age.
About Purlie the Musical from wikipedia. With a book by Ossie Davis. Philip Rose, and Peter Udell, lyrics by Udell, and music by Gary Geld. It is based on Davis's 1961 play Purlie Victorious, which was later made into the 1963 film Gone Are the Days!
And which included all of the original Broadway cast, including Ruby Dee. Purlie is set in an era when Jim Crow laws. Still were in effect in the American South.Town hoping to save Big Bethel, the community's church, and emancipate the cotton pickers who work on oppressive Ol' Cap'n Cotchipee's plantation. Also playing a part in Purlie's plans is Cotchipee's son Charlie, who ultimately proves to be far more liberal than his Simon Legree.
Like father and saves the church from destruction with an act of defiance that has fatal consequences. The item "Exceedingly Rare Important Black Americana ORIGINAL POSTER Broadway Show, PURLIE" is in sale since Tuesday, October 15, 2019. This item is in the category "Entertainment Memorabilia\Theater Memorabilia\Posters\Originals-United States". The seller is "wolfmarksales" and is located in Lutherville-Timonium, Maryland. This item can be shipped to United States.