Joseph Bradford (playwright)
|Born||William Randolph Hunter
Oct 24, 1843
|Died||Apr 13, 1886
|Pen name||Jay Bee|
|Notable work(s)||Out of Bondage|
White Bostonian Joseph Bradford (1843-1886) was an American playwright who most famously helped write a landmark production, Out of Bondage, the first African American musical comedy, with Pauline Hopkins and the Hyers Sisters, debuting in 1876. The production featured Sam Lucas, a famous minstrel performer of the era.
Bradford was also an actor, poet and journalist. He wrote for the Boston Courier as "Jay Bee".
- 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) OCLC 44017470
- A.A. 1900 (1879)
- John Mishler (1882)
- One of the Finest (1883)
- A Wonderful Woman (1883)
- Cherubs (1885)
- Rose and Coe (1886)
- Tennessee Biographical Dictionary - Page 106. Somerset Publishers, Inc. 2000. ISBN 0403097002.
- Composers and Music, California Sheet Music
- Riis, Thomas L. "Musical Theater". The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music. pp. 614–623.
- Hill, pg. 71
- Augustus Thomas The Print of My Remembrance - Page 115 (2004) ISBN 0766199436
- Appletons' Cyclopædia of American Biography - Volume 1 - Page 348
- Hill, Errol; James Vernon Hatch (2003). A History of African American Theatre. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-62443-6.
- Koskoff, Ellen (ed.) (2000). Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, Volume 3: The United States and Canada. Garland Publishing. ISBN 0-8240-4944-6.
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