[Original Broadway Theatre Program for BLACKBIRDS OF 1928]
by [Blackbird Revue]
[New York: New York Theatre Program Corp., 1928. Color pictorial stapled wrappers. Vintage black & white advertising illustrations and text. Soft vertical crease, otherwise very good or better. An original program for a run of this early generation of the Blackbird Revue The show had originally opened on January 4, 1928, under the heading The Blackbird Revue at Les Ambassadeurs Nightclub in New York, before transferring in May 1928 to the Liberty Theatre on Broadway, where Lew Leslie changed the show's name to "Blackbirds of 1928." This original Broadway production opened at the Liberty Theatre on 9 May 1928, where it ran for 518 performances, becoming the longest running all-black show on Broadway. This program is specific to the week of 17 September. It was directed by producer Lew Leslie and starred Adelaide Hall, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson., Aida Ward, Tim Moore, Blue McAllister, the Blackbirds Beauty Chorus, and the Famous Blackbirds Orchestra conducted by Felix Weir. Also in the cast were Johnny Hudgins, Elisabeth Welch, Mantan Moreland, Cecil Mack, and Nina Mae McKinney. Orchestral arrangements were by Will Vodery, and the show featured the hit songs "Diga Diga Do," and "I Can't Give You Anything But Love (Baby)." The program specific information is padded with considerable unrelated material, including a short story by Jack Woodford, of all people. (Inventory #: WRCLIT74441)
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