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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
James ArmstrongEnsemble
Joseph AttlesMan Named Sam
Bad Stacker Lee
Leona AveryEnsemble
Ernest BasketteEnsemble
Jonathan BriceEnsemble
Oscar BrooksEnsemble
Maudine BrownEnsemble
Alyce CarterFancy Ladies' Octette
Minto CatoOld Aunt Dinah
Ella Belle DavisEnsemble
George DicksonRucker
John DiggsEnsemble
Ruby ElzyJulie Anne
Nora EvansEnsemble
Samuel A. FloydEnsemble
Marie FraserFancy Ladies' Octette
Samuel GaryEnsemble
Ruth GibbsFancy Ladies' Octette
Louis GilbertPimps' Quartette
First Caller
James B. GordonEnsemble
Alexander GrayMate
Billie Bob Russell
Claudia HallEnsemble
Edgar HallEnsemble
Kate HallEnsemble
Wyer Owens HandyPimps' Quartette
Robert HarveyHell Buster
Lloyd HowlettEnsemble
Myra JohnsonPoor Selma
George Jones, Jr.Julie Anne's Papa
George KennedyEnsemble
Mildred LassiterFancy Ladies' Octette
James LightfootJohn Henry's Papa
Deaf Man
Henrietta LovelaceJulie Anne's Mamma
Sadie McGillRucker's Wife
Massie PattersonEnsemble
Paul RobesonJohn Henry
Bayard RustinEnsemble
C.W. ScottRoustabout
Ernest ShawEnsemble
Anne SimmonsEnsemble
Maude SimmonsJohn Henry's Mamma
Merritt SmithPimps' Quartette
J. De Witt SpencerMink Eye
Kenneth SpencerWalking Boss
Randall SteplightEnsemble
Eva VaughanFancy Ladies' Octette
Benveneta WashingtonFancy Ladies' Octette
Mattie WashingtonFancy Ladies' Octette
Charles WelchEnsemble
Alice WhiteFancy Ladies' Octette
Josh WhiteBlind Lemon
Frederick WilkersonEnsemble
Musa WilliamsRuby
William WoolfolkPimps' Quartette
Second Caller
Ray YeatesLead Heaver
A Rouster
music by Jacques Wolfe; lyrics by Roark Bradford
ACT 1 Sung By
I'm Singing About a ManBlind Lemon
How Come I'm Born Wid a Hook in My HandJohn Henry
All the People on the LeveeJohn Henry and Chorus
Ya Gotta Bend DownBlind Lemon and Chorus
How Come I'm Born Wid a Hook in My Hand (Reprise) John Henry
JaybirdOld Aunt Dinah and John Henry
Got a Head Like a RockJohn Henry
Whiffer's SongBlind Lemon
Stingaree SongPoor Selma
Bad, Bad Stacker LeeMan Named Sam
Careless LoveJulie Anne
I've Trampled All OverJulie Anne and John Henry
Caught Ole BlueBlind Lemon and Chorus
Old John Henry/Po' Lil' FrenchieJohn Henry and Men
Workin' on de RailroadJohn Henry and Men
High Ballin'Chorus
ACT 2 Sung By
Where Did You Get Dem High Heeled Shoes?Blind Lemon
Let De Sun Sink DownCarrie and Chorus
Ship of ZionChorus
No BottomChorus
LullabyJulie Anne
Take Me a Drink of WhiskeyMan Named Sam and Ruby
Sundown in My SoulJohn Henry
I'm Gonna Git Down on My KneesHell Buster and Chorus
I Want Jesus to Walk With MeHell Buster and Chorus
I'm Born in the CountryJohn Henry
Now You Talks Mighty Big in the CountryMan Named Sam and Chorus
So Stand Back, All You BulliesJohn Henry
Ship of Zion (Reprise) Chorus
I Don't Care Where They Buried My BodyChorus
He Went to the EastChorus