Updated:- June 7, 2004

Years before Harry Belafonte began to pursue a career as a singer he was already well
established on the live theatre circuit. Brought together here are the plays in which he
was involved both on and off Broadway from 1946 to 1956.

1)

DAYS OF OUR YOUTH

Year:

1946

Production:

American Negro Theatre

Directed by:

Frank Gabrielson

Background:

An appearance in this play as Harry's replacement lead to Sidney

Poitier's Hollywood career.

2)

ON STRIVER'S ROW

Year:

1946

Production:

American Negro Theatre

Directed by:

3)

MIDDLE MAN NOW

Year:

1947

Production:

New York Revue

Directed by:

Cast:

Harry Belafonte, Jack Creley, Tony Curtis

Belafonte sings:

Whispering

4)

HOME IS THE HUNTER

Year:

1947

Production:

Rooftop Theatre

Directed by:

5)

MIDDLE MAN, WHAT NEXT?

Year:

1948

Production:

New York Revue

Directed by:

Cast:

Harry Belafonte, Jack Creley, Tony Curtis

6)

SOJOURNER TRUTH

Year:

1948

Production:

American Negro Theatre

Directed by:

7)

JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK

Year:

1953

Production:

Broadway

Directed by:

Sean O'Casey

8)

JOHN MURRAY ANDERSON'S ALMANAC

("A Musical Harlequinade")

Broadway Opening:

December 10, 1953 at the Imperial Theatre

Produced by:

Michael Grace, Stanley Gilkey, Harry Rigby

Cast:

Hermione Gingold, Billy De Wolfe, Harry Belafonte, Polly Bergen

Orson Bean, Nanci Crompton, Carleton Carpenter, Harry Mimmo,

Celia Lipton, Elaine Dunn, Harry Snow

Music & Lyrics:

Richard Adler and Jerry Ross and

Richard Addinsell, Arthur Macrae, Cy Coleman, Joseph McCarthy,

Irwin Graham, Henry Sullivan, John Rox

Sketches by:

George Axelrod, Jean Kerr, Sumner Locke-Elliott,

Herbert Farjeon, Lauri Wylie,

Devised & Staged:

John Murray Anderson

Sketches Directed by:

Cyril Ritchard

Dances & Musical Nos:

Staged by Donald Saddler

Scenery by:

Raoul Pene Du Bois

Costumes by:

Thomas Becher

Musical Director:

John Mcmanus

Orchestrations by:

Ted Royal, Hans Spialek

Vocal Arrangements by:

Buster Davis

Dance Music Arrgts by:

Gerald Alters

Program:

PART 1:

Prologue - Harlequinade

Page 1, The Coronation - Queen For A Day, by Hermione Gingold

Page 2, My Cousin Who? by Billy DeWolfe, Others

Page 3, You're So Much A Part Of Me, by Carleton Carpenter, Elaine Dunn

Page 4, I Dare To Dream, by Polly Bergen

Page 5, The Cello, by Hermione Gingold (Cellist)

Page 6, Don Brown's Body, by Orson Bean, Alice Pearce, C. Carpenter

Page 7, Mark Twain, by Harry Belafonte with Millard Thomas

Page 8, Nightingale, Bring Me A Rose, J. Jewell, C. Lipton, N. Crompton

Page 9, European Express, by Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe

Page 10, My Love Is A Wanderer, by Polly Bergen

Page 11, Tin Pan Alley - Mammy, Rhythm, Torch & Patriotic Songs

Page 12, Merry Little Minuet, by Oscar Bean

Page 13, Hope You Come Back, by Hermione Gingold, B. DeWolfe, Others

PART 2:

Page 1, Ziegfeldiana - If Every Month Were June, by Celia Lipton, Others

Page 2, Which Witch? by Hermione Gingold

Page 3, La Loge, Fini, by Polly Bergen

Page 4, Cartoon, by Colleen Hutchins, Alice Pearce, Orson Bean

Page 5, Acorn In The Meadow, by Harry Belafonte

Page 6, When Am I going To Meet Your Mother? by E. Dunn, C. Carpenter

Page 7, Dinner For One, by Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe

Page 8, Chinese Monologue, by Orson Bean

Page 9, Hold 'Em Joe, by Harry Belafonte

Page 10, La Pistachio, by Hermione Gingold, Billy DeWolfe, Alice Pearce

Page 11, The Earth And The Sky, by Polly Bergen

Finale, by The Entire Company

From the critics:

A bright and brilliant Broadway revue.

A vastly entertaining frolic, crowded with melody and mischief.

Content: "All but my good right eye" (Mark Twain) pose taken from 
Life Magazine, April 25, 1955.

9)

THREE FOR TONIGHT

("A Diversion in Song and Dance')

Tour:

94 one-night stands throughout the country starting in October 1954

Broadway Opening:

Plymouth Theatre, April 1955

Produced by:

Paul Gregory - Charles Laughton

Starring:

Marge & Gower Champione, Harry belafonte,

The Voices of Walter Schumann

Staged and Directed by:

Gower Champion

Lyrics &special material:

Robert Wells

Original Music by:

Walter Schumann

Arrangements by:

Nathan Scott

Conducted by:

Richard Pribor

Guitarist for Belafonte:

Millard Thomas

Woodwinds:

Sherwin Lichtenfeld

Percussion:

Bob Morrison

Bass:

Milton Nadel

Pianist:

John Williams

Chorus:

John Bennett, Robert Brink, Andrew case, Gina Christen, Diane Doxee,

Elaine Drew, Joyce L. Foss, Dorothy Gill, Nancy Harp, Jimmy Harris,

Mark Karl, Jerry Madison, Robert Miller, Ned Romero, Jack Steele,

Brad Thomas, Robert Trevis, Karen Vonne, Richard Wessler

Program:

PART 1:

We begin with our Story Teller, Hiram Sherman.

The sounds you hear are impressions by The Voices Of Walter Schumann.

They will also sing: All You Need Is a Song.

And now Marge And Gower Champion with:

Dance, Dance, Dance, The Clock, By-Play for Drums

Back to our Story Teller who introduces:

Harry Belafonte with Millard Thomas on guitar interpreting:

Jerry, Sylvie, Mark Twain, When The Saints Go Marching In

On with our Story Teller to -

Marge And Gower Champion at The "Sunday Picnic Social" featuring:

Summer In Fairview Falls, It Couldn't Be a Better Day, Here I Stand,

The Auction, Finale

PART 2:

Our Story Teller Introduces -

Hiram Sherman, Betty Benson, The Voices Of Walter Schumann and:

Fly Bird

We continue with Harry Belafonte and Millard Thomas interpreting:

Noah, Take My Mother Home, In That Great Gettin Up Mornin

And now we get formal. Hiram Sherman, Our Story Teller reads:

The Lecture, demonstrated by Marge And Gower Champion

We now join Harry Belafonte performing:

Matilda, Scarlet Ribbons

Our Story Teller takes us to "Yesterday" with Marge And Gower Champion

doing: By The Light of The Silvery Moon, Shine on, Harvest Moon

We again join Harry Belafonte with: Troubles

Finale with The Entire Company

Content: Photo of Harry with Marge & Gower Champion and 19 chairs taken  
from Life Magazine, April 25, 1955.

10)

SING, MAN, SING

("A Musical Odyssey")

   

Tour

Broadway Opening:

Mosque Theatre, 1956

Presented by:

Jay Richard Kennedy

Starring:

Harry Belafonte

with Margaret Tynes, Michael Evans, Mary Hinkson, Alvin Ailey

Music by:

Harry Belafonte and Jay Richard Kennedy

Book and Lyrics by:

Jay Richard Kennedy

Directed by:

Jay Richard Kennedy

Musical Direction by:

Will Lorin

Vocal, Orchestral Arrgts:

Will Lorin

Choreography by:

Walter Nicks

Lighting by:

Phil Stein

Costumes by:

Anna Hill Johnston

Additional Music by:

Will Lorin, Irving Burgess

Additional Lyrics by:

Irving Burgess, William Attaway

Accompanist:

Millard Thomas

Cast:

The Prophet (Harry Belafonte)

"He" (Harry Belafonte)

"She" (Margaret Tynes)

Dancing She (Mary Hinkson)

Dancing He (Alvin Ailey)

The Observer (Michael Evans)

The Buddy (Art Dilks)

"They" (Joe Boatner, Doryce Brown, Betty Chretien, Ken Clifford,

William Glover, Peg Hadley, Neal Kenyon, Cynthia Misrock,

Vicki Panvini, Howard Roberts, Greta Wolff)

The Guitarist (Millard Thomas)

Program:

ACT 1, THE BEGINNING:

Creation (Harry Belafonte)

I Need She (Harry Belafonte, danced by Alvin Ailey)

We'll Call It Love (Harry Belafonte and Margaret Tynes, danced by

Mary Hinkson and Alvin Ailey)

Man Smart (Harry Belafonte and Male Chorus, danced by

Mary Hinkson and Alvin Ailey)

Once Was A Dream (Harry Belafonte and Margaret Tynes)

(I Got) Contagious (Harry Belafonte)

I Don't Give A Damn If It's Sinning (Margaret Tynes)

The Flood (Noah) (Harry Belafonte and entire Ensemble)

ACT 2, NOW:

Donkey Bray (Harry Belafonte and entire Ensemble)

Hosanna (Harry Belafonte, Margaret Tynes and entire Ensemble)

We'll Call It Love (Reprise) (Harry Belafonte and Margaret Tynes)

Wedding Song (Will His Love Be Like His Rum)

(Harry Belafonte, Margaret Tynes and entire Ensemble)

Eden Was Just Like This (Harry Belafonte and Margaret Tynes,

danced by Mary Hinkson and Alvin Ailey)

Jump Down, Spin Around (Belafonte, Margaret Tynes and Chorus,

danced by Mary Hinkson and Alvin Ailey)

There Is A Sound (Harry Belafonte and entire Ensemble)

The Blues Is Man (Harry Belafonte)

I Found Me (Harry Belafonte, Margaret Tynes and entire Ensemble0

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