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Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

by Melvin Van Peebles

Mature Musical
Pop/Rock Musical
Written by a Black Artist

Opening Soon on Broadway

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Ain't Supposed to Die a Natural Death

Melvin Van Peebles' "Tunes from Blackness"


Set on the rough streets of 1970s Manhattan, Ain’t Supposed to Die a Natural Death blends early hip hop and spoken word, jazz and blues, humor and pain to offer a raucous celebration of America.


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Composer, Lyricist and Librettist
Melvin Van Peebles

Broadway Premiere

Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Ambassador Theatre
Opening Night
Oct 20, 1971
Total Performances
Original Cast
Barbara Alston, Toney Brealond, Marilyn Coleman, Bill Duke, Gloria Edwards, Joe Fields, Clebert Ford, Arthur French, Minnie Gentry, Carl Gordon, Albert Hall, Jimmy Hayeson, Sati Jamal, Lauren Jones, Garrett Morris, Madge Wells, Ralph Wilcox, Dick Anthony Williams, Beatrice Winde
Gilbert Moses
Eugene V. Wolsk, Charles Blackwell, Emanuel Azenberg and Robert Malina
Musical Director
Harold Wheeler
Scenic Design
Kert F. Lundell
Costume Design
Bernard Johnson
Lighting Design
Martin Aronstein
Sound Design
Jack Shearing

2022 Broadway Revival

Opening Night
Kenny Leon
Lia Vollack, Mario Van Peebles
Musical Numbers
Just Don't Make No Sense
Coolest Place in Town
You Can Get Up Before Noon Without Being a Square
Mirror Mirror on the Wall
Come Raising Your Leg on Me
You Gotta Be Holdin Out Five Dollars on Me
Sera Sera Jim
Catch That on the Corner
The Dozens
Funky Girl on Motherless Broadway
Tenth and Greenwich
Heh Heh (Chuckle) Good Mornin' Sunshine
You Ain't No Astronaut
Three Boxes of Longs Please
Lilly Done The Zampoughi Every Time I Pulled Her Coattail
I Got the Blood
Salamaggi's Birthday
Come on Feet Do Your Thing
Put a Curse on You

1972 Tony Award Nominations

Best Musical
Best Book of a Musical
Best Original Score
Best Performance by a Featured Actress in a Musical - Beatrice Winde
Best Direction of a Musical
Best Scenic Design
Best Lighting Design

1972 Drama Desk Award Nominations

Outstanding Book of a Musical Melvin Van Peebles
Outstanding Director of a Musical
Outstanding Set Design

1972 Theatre World Award Nominations

Beatrice Winde

1972 Grammy Award Nominations

Best Score from an Original Cast Show Album

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