Jerico-Jim Crow is a critically acclaimed 1964 musical, with a book written by Langston Hughes. It was a pioneering work in the urban contemporary gospel musical style, based on the themes of the Civil Rights Movement in the United States. According to Arnold Rampersad, a Hughes scholar, Hughes had “virtually pioneered” the black gospel musical, first with Black Nativity (1961) and then with Jericho-Jim Crow .
Book: William Hairston and Langston Hughes
Premiere: Sunday, January 5, 1964 at the Sanctuary Theatre, (New York) . It was co-directed by Alvin Ailey and William Hairston and conducted by Hugh Porter. Marion Joseph Franklin, Jr. was associate musical director and musical accompanist.
- A meeting here tonight
- I'm on my way
- I been 'Buked and I been Scorned
- Such a little king
- Is Massa Gwine to sell us tomorrow?
- How much do you want me to bear?
- Where will I lie down?
- Follow the Drinkin' Gourd
- John Brown's Body
- The Battle Hymn of the Republic
- Slavery chain done broke at last
- Oh, Freedom
- Go down, Moses
- Ezekiel Saw the Wheel
- Stay in the field
- Freedom land
- God's gonna cut you down
- Better leave segregation alone
- My mind on freedom
- We Shall Overcome
- The battle of old Jim Crow
- Come and go with me
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