Let My People Come
|Let My People Come|
|A Sexual Musical|
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|Music||Earl Wilson, Jr.|
|Lyrics||Earl Wilson, Jr.|
Let My People Come is the title of an explicit musical about sex which ran from January 8, 1974 to July 5, 1976 in New York City, at The Village Gate in Greenwich Village, and which is now being revived Off-Broadway for a 2013 opening at The Underground Theatre. It was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1974 for Best Original Cast Album. It enjoyed long runs in Philadelphia at Grendel's Lair Cabaret Theatre for 10 years and in Toronto for 8 years at the Basin Street Cabaret Theater Other companies include: Los Angeles, San Francisco, New Orleans, Washington, D.C., Boston, Seattle, Chicago, Madrid, London, Paris, Melbourne, Sydney, New Zealand, Maseru [Lesotho]. It became the longest running musical in Canada and in Philadelphia and did two National tours in Canada. Subtitled "A Sexual Musical". The show began previews on Broadway on July 7, 1976 at the Morosco Theatre and closed on October 2, 1976 after 108 performances without officially opening.
It was produced and directed by Phil Oesterman. The show was choreographed by Ian Naylor, musical direction and vocal arrangements Billy Cunningham, scenery, lighting, and production stage manager Duane F. Mazey, scenery and costumes supervised by Douglas W. Schmidt, lighting supervised by John Gleason, stage manager Robert Walter, and press by Saul Richman.
The Broadway opening night cast starred Brandy Alexander, Dwight Baxter, Lorraine Davidson, Joelle Erasme, Yvette Freeman, Paul Gillespie, Tulane Howard II, Bob Jockers, Empress Kilpatrick, Dianne Legro, Allan Lozito, Bryan Miller, Bryen Neves, Don Scotti, Dean Tait, Lori Wagner, and Charles Whiteside.
Its music and lyrics were by Earl Wilson, Jr. The show featured songs with titles like "I'm Gay," "Come in My Mouth," "Give It to Me", and "The Cunnilingus Champion of Company C." One of the songs, "Take Me Home With You", became a popular recording in Gay bars. There was nudity on stage during the production, and at the final curtain call. The show became extremely popular because of the positive message about sexual freedom and enjoyed a wide international fan base which continues to this day. The original cast album was nominated for a Grammy award in 1974 for Best Original Cast Album.
It ran in Philadelphia, at Grendel's Lair Cabaret Theater, for 10 years, in Toronto for 8 years and in Montreal for 1 year. It was the longest running musical in both Philadelphia and Canada, and did two national tours in Canada.
In November, 2011 the production made a comeback in Chicago at the Stage 773 Theater to good crowds and favorable reviews. http://www.stage773.com/Show?id=40
On February 14th, 2013, a brand new production opened at the Underground Theatre in New York. This production features re-imagined numbers from the original production, as well as new numbers written for this revival.
Another production ran in August and September, 2014, at the Andrews Living Arts Studio in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, produced and directed by Robert D. Nation, before moving on to Key West.
- Sisaro B Philip Oesterman obituary New York Times, 4 August 2002