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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 1Sung 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 2Sung 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