Joseph Bradford (American playwright)

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Joseph Bradford
Born William Randolph Hunter
Oct 24, 1843
Nashville, Tennessee
Died Apr 13, 1886
Boston, Massachusetts
Pen name Jay Bee
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Notable work(s) Out of Bondage

White Bostonian Joseph Bradford (1843-1886)[1] was an American playwright who most famously helped write a landmark production, Out of Bondage, the first African American musical comedy,[2] with Pauline Hopkins and the Hyers Sisters, debuting in 1876.[3] The production featured Sam Lucas, a famous minstrel performer of the era.[4]

Bradford was also an actor, poet and journalist. He wrote for the Boston Courier as "Jay Bee".

Works[edit]

  • New German (1872)
  • Law in New York (1873)
  • 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1874) Libretto
  • The Conditional Pardon (1875)
  • Fritz's Brother (1875)
  • Out of Bondage (1876)
  • In and Out of Bondage (1877)
  • Our Bachelors (1877)[5]
  • A.A. 1900 (1879)
  • John Mishler (1882)
  • One of the Finest (1883)
  • A Wonderful Woman (1883)
  • Cherubs (1885)
  • Rose and Coe (1886)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tennessee Biographical Dictionary - Page 106. Somerset Publishers, Inc. 2000. ISBN 0403097002. 
  2. ^ Composers and Music, California Sheet Music
  3. ^ Riis, Thomas L. "Musical Theater". The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. pp. 614–623. 
  4. ^ Hill, pg. 71
  5. ^ Augustus Thomas The Print of My Remembrance - Page 115 (2004) ISBN 0766199436

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