Your Arms Too Short to Box with God
|Your Arms Too Short
to Box with God
|A Soaring Celebration in Song and Dance|
|Basis||The Book of Matthew|
1980 Broadway revival
1982 Broadway revival
Your Arms Too Short to Box with God: A Soaring Celebration in Song and Dance is a Broadway musical based on the Biblical Book of Matthew, with music and lyrics by Alex Bradford and a book by Vinnette Carroll, who also directed. Micki Grant was credited for "additional music and lyrics."
Produced by Frankie Hewitt and the Shubert Organization, it opened December 22, 1976, at Broadway's Lyceum Theatre in New York City. It moved to the Eugene O'Neill Theatre on November 16, 1977, and closed January 1, 1978, after 429 performances. The costumes were designed by William Schroder. The wardrobe is on display at the Costume World Broadway Collection in Pompano Beach, Florida.
Your Arms Too Short to Box with God was revived twice on Broadway, first at the Ambassador Theatre and the Belasco Theatre (June 2–October 12, 1980), then at the Alvin Theatre (September 9–November 7, 1982). During the 1982 run, Al Green appeared with Patti Labelle in the show.
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Your arms too short to box with God.
But Jesus spake in a parable, and he said:
A certain man had two sons,
Jesus didn't give this man a name,
But his is God Almighty.
And Jesus didn't call these sons by name,
But every young man,
Is one of these two sons
The phrase has survived in modern culture and is sometimes used in other contexts. "Your lungs is too small to hotbox with God" is a line used by rapper Xzibit in Eminem's "Bitch Please 2". Xzibit later used a variation of the line ("Your little lungs is too weak to hotbox with God") on "Down for the Count" by Reflection Eternal. The phrase also appears in the Black Star song "Thieves in the Night", in the line "Your firearms are too short to box with God". There is a coincidence in this because Talib Kweli is in both Reflection Eternal and Black Star. GZA of the Wu-Tang Clan also used a variation ("Rhymes too short to box with God") on his track "Paper Plates" from Pro Tools and Killah Priest, also of Wu-Tang Clan, opened his hip-hop album, Heavy Mental, with it. It is in "It's All Real" by Pitch Black and "Mortal Combat" by Big Daddy Kane. Nas used the line in his song "You're Da Man" from his 2001 album Stillmatic. The line also appears in "Drunk Daddy" by the Cherry Poppin' Daddies.
Awards and nominations
Delores Hall won the 1977 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Carroll earned Tony nominations for Best Book of a Musical and Best Direction of a Musical, with Talley Beatty nominated for Best Choreography.
- Your Arms Too Short to Box with God at the Internet Broadway Database Archived from the original November 23, 2011.
- Wilson, Dr. Sondra Kathryn. "An Introduction to Along This Way: The Autobiography of James Weldon Johnson". Grace and James Weldon Johnson (official site). Retrieved August 21, 2012.