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Written by:
Unidentified  Search this
Distributed by:
Colonial Theatre, American, founded 1900  Search this
Subject of:
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949  Search this
Avon Long, American, 1910 - 1984  Search this
John J. Wildberg, American, 1902 - 1959  Search this
Vinton Freedley, American, 1891 - 1969  Search this
Sheila Guyse, American, 1925 - 2013  Search this
Ida James, American, 1920 - 1986  Search this
The Delta Rhythm Boys, American, 1934 - 1987  Search this
L.A.B. Amusement Corporation, American  Search this
W. S. Gilbert, British, 1836 - 1911  Search this
Arthur Sullivan, British, 1842 - 1900  Search this
Gilbert and Sullivan, British, 1871 - 1896  Search this
ink on paper with metal
theater programs
Place used:
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
May 1945
A May 1945 Playbill for the play Memphis Bound, performed at the Colonial Theatre in Boston, Massachusetts. The cover is printed on glossy off-white paper and features centered black text in varying fonts that reads, [COLONIAL / THEATRE / -BOSTON- / Direction of L.A.B. Amusement Corp.]. Along the top and bottom edges of the front cover are handwritten inscriptions in black in that read, [May 3-19-1945] and [Sallie J. Cathrell]. The back cover features an advertisement for a restaurant called The Country Plate and features an illustration of the restaurant, a sign with the restaurant’s name, the address, and lunch and dinner hours. The interior pages are glossy white paper with black text and black-and-white illustrations. At the top of the first page is the production information that reads [May 3 to 12, 1945 / JOHN WILDBERG / Presents / BILL ROBINSON / in the / VINTON FREEDLEY PRODUCTION / MEMPHIS BOUND / A New Musical Comedy / with / AVON LONG / SHEILA GUYS[sic] IDA JAMES THEMA CARPENTER / DELTA RHYTHM BOYS / BILLY DANIELS ADA BROWN GEORGETTE HARVEY] above the production credits and the cast. The cast list continues on to page 2 and includes Laura Cathrell, listed as a [DANCING GIRL]. There are also advertisements for local businesses, exit plans for the theater, a fashion article, song credits, staging and costume credits, and a list of the executive staff for Pinafore Enterprises, Inc. The program is ten (10) pages including the front and back interior covers.
Transcription Center Status:
Transcribed by digital volunteers
African American  Search this
Actors  Search this
American South  Search this
Comedy  Search this
Musical Theatre  Search this
Credit Line:
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number:
Restrictions & Rights:
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
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National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title:
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Data Source:
National Museum of African American History and Culture