Champeen was a musical by Melvin Van Peebles which examined the careers of Bessie Smith and Joe Louis, and had a cast of 18. It won 7 awards at the 11th Audelco Recognition Awards for Black theater, including best actress, best choreography, and best director.

Presented as part of the 1982-83 Season

Play opened April 3, 1983 at the Henry DeJur Playhouse

Artist Credits

Credit Artist Photo
Playwright Melvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles
Director Melvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles
Musical Director Bob Carten Bob Carten
Stage Manager Nate Barnett
Set Designer Chris Thomas
Lighting Designer Shirley Prendergast
Costume Designer Quay Truitt
Sound Designer Lou Gonzales
Actor Ruth Brown Ruth_Brown_1996
Actor David Connell
Actor Gary Easterling
Actor Denise Elliott
Actor Johne Forges
Actor Douglas Graham Bates
Actor Herbert Kerr
Actor Meachie Jones
Actor Marcia T. James
Actor Manette La Chance
Actor John D. McNally
Actor Ivson Polk
Actor DeNessa Tobin
Actor Sandra Reaves-Phillips
Actor Chiquita Ross-Glover
Actor Ted Ross

All 1982-83 Season productions: