John Henry (musical)

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John Henry
Music Jacques Wolfe
Lyrics Roark Bradford
Book Roark Bradford
Basis Roark Bradford's novel
John Henry
Productions 1940 Broadway

John Henry was a 1940 original Broadway musical based on the 1931 novel John Henry by Roark Bradford. The libretto was written by Bradford, with music composed by Jacques Wolfe.

Paul Robeson starred in the title role, with Ruby Elzy as Julie Anne. Other prominent members of the cast included Joseph Attles, Josh White, Musa Williams, and Bayard Rustin.

The show played at the 44th Street Theatre in New York City from January 10, 1940 to January 15, 1940.


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