Program / Menu from the Cotton Club

Written by
Koehler, Ted L., American, 1894 - 1973
Composed by
Bloom, Rube, American, 1902 - 1976
Produced by
Stark, Herman, American, 1895 - 1981
Subject of
Robinson, Bill "Bojangles", American, 1878 - 1949
Calloway, Cab, American, 1907 - 1994
Robinson, Clarence
Harrison, Julian, American
Richards, Al, American
Will Vodery's Jubileers, American
Socarrás, Alberto, Cuban American, 1908 - 1987
Tharpe, Sister Rosetta, American, 1915 - 1973
Cotton Club, American, 1923 - 1940
ink on paper and metal
H x W: 13 1/4 × 10 1/4 in. (33.7 × 26 cm)
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.
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Place used
New York City, New York County, New York, United States, North and Central America
Memorabilia and Ephemera
Composers (Musicians)
Conductors (Musicians)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Jazz (Music)
Musical Theatre
Popular music
Singers (Musicians)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Vicki Gold Levi
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Restrictions & Rights
Public domain
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