by [Robeson, Paul]: Bradford, Roark, and Jacques Wolfe [sourcework]
[New York: 44th Street Theatre, 1940. pp. Oblong folded pictorial handbill. Frontispiece portrait. Fine. "John Henry" was an original Broadway musical based on the 1931 eponymous novel by Roark Bradford. Bradford wrote the libretto for the musical, with music by Jacques Wolfe. Paul Robeson starred in the title role, with Ruby Elizy, Joseph Attles, Joshua White, and Bayard Rustin, among others. The show played at the 44th Street Theatre from 10 to 15 January, 1940. The critics loved the performers, but disliked the show calling it "desultory," "skimpy," and "unexceptional," while mentioning that Robeson, Attles, White, etc., were left to squander their robust talents in this poorly conceived musical. (Inventory #: WRCLIT74400)
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