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Written by:
Ted L. Koehler, American, 1894 - 1973  Search this
Composed by:
Rube Bloom, American, 1902 - 1976  Search this
Produced by:
Herman Stark, American, 1895 - 1981  Search this
Subject of:
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949  Search this
Cab Calloway, American, 1907 - 1994  Search this
Clarence Robinson  Search this
Julian Harrison, American  Search this
Al Richards, American  Search this
Will Vodery's Jubileers, American  Search this
Alberto Socarrás, Cuban American, 1908 - 1987  Search this
Sister Rosetta Tharpe, American, 1915 - 1973  Search this
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940  Search this
Medium:
ink on paper and metal
Dimensions:
H x W: 13 1/4 × 10 1/4 in. (33.7 × 26 cm)
Type:
programs
Place used:
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Date:
1938
Description:
Program from the Cotton Club with menu and program listing. Front cover has a blue background with white printed text reading [THE WORLD FAMOUS / COTTON / CLUB] over top of an orange circle and features black and white illustrations by Julian Harrison. On the lower half of the cover is a large illustration titled [JAM SESSION] featuring Duke Ellington seated at a piano, with Cab Calloway behind him and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson dancing in the middle, with other musicans and dancers around them. Along the left side are four smaller illustrations in a vertical line against an orange background. At the top is [JUNGLE JIVE], followed by [BOOGIE WOOGIE], [CONGO CONGA], AND [JITTER BUGS]. The program's interior consists of two single sheets making four pages. The first page introduces the show with [HERMAN STARK / Presents / World's Fair Edition / Starring / Bill ROBINSON - Cab CALLOWAY] followed by other performers, including Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and production credits including choreography by Clarence Robinson and sets by Julian Harrison. At the bottom is [ENTIRE PRODUCTION CONCEIVED AND DIRECTED BY TED KOEHLER]. The interior two pages present the menu with [Wine List] on the left and [Supper Menu] on the right. The final page lists the program in two acts. On either side of the page are illustrated columns with tribal mask adorning them.
Topic:
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
Composers (Musicians)  Search this
Conductors (Musicians)  Search this
Dance  Search this
Entertainers  Search this
Instrumentalists (Musicians)  Search this
Jazz (Music)  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Nightlife  Search this
Singers (Musicians)  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi
Object number:
2013.223.21
Restrictions & Rights:
Public domain
See more items in:
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Classification:
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture
EDAN-URL:
edanmdm:nmaahc_2013.223.21