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Melvin Van Peebles

MELVIN VAN PEEBLES  (1932 - )

Nationality:    African American
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Van Peebles has worked as an actor, producer, writer and director over the course of his long and diverse career. He received Tony Nominations for book, music and lyrics of the 1972 musical Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death, and garnered another nod for best book of Don't Play Us Cheap in 1973

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below is a list of Melvin Van Peebles's plays - click on a Play Title for more information

        Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death         Champeen         Don't Play Us Cheap         Unmitigated Truth: Life, a Lavatory, Loves and Ladies         Waltz of the Stork         Waltz of the Stork Boogie



Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death
All music, song, and pantomime-no dialogue. A picture of prostitution, drugs, rats, gambling, police corruption, and despair as forced on the residents of the ghetto.

Notes:
Ambassador theatre, New York, Oct. 1971. Book, Music And Lyrics by Melvin Van Peebles

1st Produced:
Sacramento State Col-lege, Calif    1970

Company:
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1st Published:
New York: Bantam, 1973   -

Music:
Original cast recording: A&M Records (SP-3510) 1971

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Genre:
Tunes from Blackness Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  12 BM, 7 BF

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Champeen

Synopsis:
The life of Bessie Smith

Notes:
Music, lyrics and book by Melvin van Peebles

1st Produced:
Henry DuJur Playhouse, New York    Apr 1983

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Music:
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Genre:
Musical

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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Don't Play Us Cheap

Don't Play Us Cheap
Play is about two of the devil's imps who attempt to break up a Saturday night party Miss Maybelle is giving for her niece. their efforts are doomed; the devil's scheming is too weak to go up against the love, laughter, and genuine warmth of the folks

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Ethel Barrymore Theatre, New York    1972

Company:
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1st Published:
: as La Fete a Harlem, Paris: Jerome Martineau, 1967; New York: Bantam, 1973, 1967   -

Music:
Original cast recording: Stax (2SCD-88040-2) 1972

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Genre:
Musical Comedy Musical

Parts:
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Unmitigated Truth: Life, a Lavatory, Loves and Ladies

Synopsis:
With his characteristic wit and sharp eye, Melvin Van Peebles's latest work candidly recounts the memories of a life well lived, . . .well almost, through song
- press release

Notes:
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1st Produced:
Algonquin Theater, NY    2009

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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Play/Drama

Parts:
Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Waltz of the Stork

Synopsis:
Forever searching for happiness he is duped at every turn

Notes:
Music, lyrics and book by Melvin van Peebles

1st Produced:
Century Theatre, New York    05 Jan 1982

Company:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy with music

Parts:
Male:  3            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Waltz of the Stork Boogie

Synopsis:
Forever searching for happiness he is duped at every turn

Notes:
Music, lyrics and book by Melvin van Peebles

1st Produced:
Theater of Universal Images, Newark, New Jersey    Jul 1984

Company:
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1st Published:
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Music:
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Genre:
Comedy with music

Parts:
Male:  -            Female:  -            Other:  -

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