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Don't Play Us Cheap!   

 
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, (5/16/1972 - 9/30/1972)
First Preview: May 12, 1972 Total Previews:
Opening Date: May 16, 1972    
Closing Date: Sep 30, 1972 Total Performances: 164

Category: Musical, Fantasy, Original, Broadway
Setting: A couple of days before tomorrow. Here.



Production Staff
Produced by Melvin Van Peebles
Music by Melvin Van Peebles; Lyrics by Melvin Van Peebles; Book by Melvin Van Peebles
Directed by Melvin Van Peebles
Scenic Design by Kert F. Lundell; Costume Design by Bernard Johnson; Lighting Design by Martin Aronstein
Production Stage Manager: Charles Blackwell; Stage Manager: Charles Briggs
Musical Supervisor: Harold Wheeler
Press Representative: Michael Alpert and Arthur Rubine
Cast
Thomas AndersonMr. Percy
Joshie Jo ArmsteadMrs. Washington
Nate BarnettHarold Johnson
Rat
Frank CareyMr. Johnson
Cockroach
Robert DunnMr. Bowser
Rhetta HughesEarnestine
Joe Keyes Jr.Trinity
Mabel KingMrs. Bowser
Avon LongDavid
Geo. "Ooppee" McCurnMr. Washington
Esther RolleMiss Maybell
Jay VanleerMrs. Johnson
Standby: Jozella Reed (Earnestine, Miss Maybell, Mrs. Bowser, Mrs. Washington)
Tony Award®
 1973 Best Book of a Musical [nominee] 
 Book by Melvin Van Peebles
 1973 Best Featured Actor in a Musical [nominee] 
  Avon Long
ACT 1 Sung By
Some Days It Seems That It Just Don't Even Pay to Get Out of BedRat and Cockroach
Break That PartyDavid and Trinity
8 Day WeekMr. Percy and Company
Saturday NightCompany
I'm a Bad CharacterTrinity and Company
You Cut Up the Clothes in the Closet of My DreamsMrs. Washington
It Makes No DifferenceMiss Maybell and Company
Quittin TimeMr. Washington and Company
ACT 2 Sung By
Ain't Love GrandEarnestine and Company
The Book of LifeMr. Bowser and Company
Ain't Love Grand (Reprise) Earnestine
Know Your BusinessMiss Maybell
Big FutureThe Johnsons
Break That Party (Reprise) David and Trinity
Feast on MeMrs. Bowser and Company
The Phoney GameDavid and Company
Smash HimCompany