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John Henry   

44th Street Theatre, (1/10/1940 - 1/15/1940)
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Opening Date: Jan 10, 1940    
Closing Date: Jan 15, 1940 Total Performances: 7

Category: Musical, Drama, Original, Broadway
Description: A musical in two acts
Setting: The Black River Country, Mississippi, and New Orleans


Production Staff
Produced by Sam Byrd; Produced in association with Fred Mitchell
Book by Roark Bradford; Lyrics by Roark Bradford; Music by Jacques Wolfe; Musical Director: Don Voorhees; Music orchestrated by Charles L. Cooke and Hans Spialek
Staged by Anthony Brown and Charles Friedman
Scenic Design by Albert R. Johnson; Costume Design by John Hambleton
Choral Director: Leonard De Paur; Production under the musical supervision of Leonard De Paur
Cast
James Armstrong
Ensemble
Joseph Attles
Man Named Sam
Bad Stacker Lee
Leona Avery
Ensemble
Ernest Baskette
Ensemble
Jonathan Brice
Ensemble
Oscar Brooks
Ensemble
Maudine Brown
Ensemble
Alyce Carter
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Minto Cato
Old Aunt Dinah
Ella Belle Davis
Ensemble
George Dickson
Rucker
Ensemble
John Diggs
Ensemble
Ruby Elzy
Julie Anne
Nora Evans
Ensemble
Samuel A. Floyd
Ensemble
Marie Fraser
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Samuel Gary
Ensemble
Ruth Gibbs
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Louis Gilbert
Pimps' Quartette
First Caller
Ensemble
James B. Gordon
Ensemble
Alexander Gray
Mate
Billie Bob Russell
Claudia Hall
Ensemble
Edgar Hall
Ensemble
Kate Hall
Ensemble
Wyer Owens Handy
Pimps' Quartette
Ensemble
Robert Harvey
Hell Buster
Lloyd Howlett
Ensemble
Floyd
Myra Johnson
Poor Selma
George Jones, Jr.
Julie Anne's Papa
George Kennedy
Ensemble
Mildred Lassiter
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
James Lightfoot
John Henry's Papa
Ensemble
Deaf Man
Henrietta Lovelace
Julie Anne's Mamma
Sadie McGill
Rucker's Wife
Ensemble
Massie Patterson
Ensemble
Paul Robeson
John Henry
Bayard Rustin
Ensemble
C.W. Scott
Roustabout
Ensemble
Ernest Shaw
Ensemble
Anne Simmons
Ensemble
Maude Simmons
John Henry's Mamma
Ensemble
Merritt Smith
Pimps' Quartette
Reader
J. De Witt Spencer
Mink Eye
Nud
Kenneth Spencer
Walking Boss
Randall Steplight
Ensemble
Eva Vaughan
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Benveneta Washington
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Carrie
Ensemble
Mattie Washington
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Charles Welch
Ensemble
Alice White
Fancy Ladies' Octette
Ensemble
Josh White
Blind Lemon
Frederick Wilkerson
Ensemble
Musa Williams
Ruby
William Woolfolk
Pimps' Quartette
Second Caller
Ensemble
Ray Yeates
Lead Heaver
Ensemble
A Rouster
music by Jacques Wolfe; lyrics by Roark Bradford
ACT 1 Sung By
I'm Singing About a Man Blind Lemon
How Come I'm Born Wid a Hook in My Hand John Henry
All the People on the Levee John Henry and Chorus
Ya Gotta Bend Down Blind Lemon and Chorus
How Come I'm Born Wid a Hook in My Hand (Reprise) John Henry
Coonjine Chorus
Jaybird Old Aunt Dinah and John Henry
Got a Head Like a Rock John Henry
Whiffer's Song Blind Lemon
Stingaree Song Poor Selma
Bad, Bad Stacker Lee Man Named Sam
Careless Love Julie Anne
I've Trampled All Over Julie Anne and John Henry
Caught Ole Blue Blind Lemon and Chorus
Old John Henry/Po' Lil' Frenchie John Henry and Men
Workin' on de Railroad John Henry and Men
High Ballin' Chorus
ACT 2 Sung By
Where Did You Get Dem High Heeled Shoes? Blind Lemon
Let De Sun Sink Down Carrie and Chorus
Ship of Zion Chorus
No Bottom Chorus
Lullaby Julie Anne
Take Me a Drink of Whiskey Man Named Sam and Ruby
Sundown in My Soul John Henry
I'm Gonna Git Down on My Knees Hell Buster and Chorus
I Want Jesus to Walk With Me Hell Buster and Chorus
I'm Born in the Country John Henry
Now You Talks Mighty Big in the Country Man Named Sam and Chorus
So Stand Back, All You Bullies John Henry
Ship of Zion (Reprise) Chorus
I Don't Care Where They Buried My Body Chorus
He Went to the East Chorus
   
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