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Program for Memphis Bound

Object Details

Written by
Unidentified
Distributed by
Colonial Theatre, American, founded 1900
Subject of
Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, American, 1878 - 1949
Avon Long, American, 1910 - 1984
John J. Wildberg, American, 1902 - 1959
Vinton Freedley, American, 1891 - 1969
Sheila Guyse, American, 1925 - 2013
Ida James, American, 1920 - 1986
The Delta Rhythm Boys, American, 1934 - 1987
L.A.B. Amusement Corporation, American
W. S. Gilbert, British, 1836 - 1911
Arthur Sullivan, British, 1842 - 1900
Gilbert and Sullivan, British, 1871 - 1896
Date
May 1945
Medium
ink on paper with metal
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Description
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
Object number
2013.46.25.269
Type
theater programs
See more items in
National Museum of African American History and Culture Collection
Collection title
The Laura Cathrell Show-Down Magazine Collection
Classification
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Topic
African American
Actors
American South
Comedy
Musical Theatre
Place used
Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, United States, North and Central America
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Restrictions & Rights
Unknown - Restrictions Possible
GUID
http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/fd57998ad33-ed88-405a-a992-a11205df88ba
Record ID
nmaahc_2013.46.25.269
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