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Don't Play Us Cheap (1973) Poster

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The album cover for Melvin Van Peebles' "As Serious As A Heart-Attack" can be seen on the door of the bathroom during the film's ending credits.
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The Broadway production of "Don't Play Us Cheap" opened at the Ethel Barrymore Theater in New York on May 16, 1972 and ran for 164 performances. Thomas Anderson, Joshie Armstead, Robert Dunn, Jay Van Leer, Esther Rolle, Mabel King, George Ooppee McCurn, Frank Carey, Nate Barnett, Rhetta Hughes and Avon Long recreated their stage roles in this filmed production. The musical received two 1972 Tony Award nominations for Best Musical and Best Feature actor in a Musical - Avon Long.
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Avon Long was nominated for the 1973 Tony Award (New York City) for Supporting or Features Actor in a Musical for "Don't Play Us Cheap" as David and recreated his role in this production.
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