BLACK BROADWAY PLAY CAST Extremely rare signatures of seven cast members from the 1980 production. Show Bill signed: "Bobby Short", "Adelaide Hall", "Nell Carter", "Elisabeth Welch", "Honi Coles", "Edith Wilson" and "Gregory Hines

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Extremely rare signatures of seven cast members from the 1980 production.
Show Bill signed: "Bobby Short", "Adelaide Hall", "Nell Carter", "Elisabeth Welch", "Honi Coles", "Edith Wilson" and "Gregory Hines". Black Broadway, a retrospective musical revue featuring musical numbers by black and white composers and performers including Irving Berlin, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Dorothy Fields and Fats Waller, was originally presented during the Newport Jazz Festival on June 24, 1979. This program is for a production of the show which was presented by George Wein at Town Hall Theatre in New York City from May 1, 1980 to May 24, 1980. ADELAIDE HALL (1904-1993) became famous for her wordless vocals on Duke Ellington recordings. Also noted for her fine soprano voice and tap dancing, Hall frequently starred at the Cotton Club. She appeared in a series of revues, including Shuffle Along and Blackbirds of 1928, and lent her singing talents to such standards as "Sophisticated Lady", "Old Fashioned Love" and "Memories of You". NELL CARTER (1948-2003), who found success on the stage, on television, in nightclubs and in feature films, is perhaps best known for her role as sassy, matronly housekeeper Nell on the 1980s sitcom, Gimme a Break (1981-1987). Starting out as a nightclub/cabaret performer, Carter gained national recognition for her performance in the Broadway musical, Ain't Misbehavin', winning a Tony Award in 1978 -- and an Emmy in 1982, when the show was broadcast on television. Her other television work includes roles in Ryan's Hope and The Misadventures of Sheriff Lobo (as police sergeant Hildy Jones, 1979-1981), guest appearances on The Tonight Show, television movies, a TV special, Never Too Old to Dream (1986), and a show-stopping appearance on the 65th Annual Academy Awards (1992), where she sang "Never Had a Friend Like Me" from the animated musical, Aladdin. GREGORY HINES (1946-2003) was part of Hines, Hines and Dad, performing on the nightclub circuit and on television from 1963-1973. Hines won the 1992 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role as Jelly Roll Morton in Jelly's Last Jam. In addition to action, drama and comedy film roles, he showed off his dancing ability in The Cotton Club (1984) and White Nights (1985), in which he starred opposite ballet superstar Mikhail Baryshnikov. Hines won the 2003 Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Performance in an Animated Program for the role of Big Bill in the hit children's cartoon series, Little Bill. CHARLES "HONI" COLES (1911-1992) was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After starting his career as a young tap dancer, he appeared on Broadway in the production of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1949-1951). He continued his acting career on stage in shows like Bubbling Brown Sugar (1976-1977) and won the 1983 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance in My One and Only (1983-1985). Coles was awarded the National Medal of Arts in 1991, is a member of the Tap Dancing Hall of Fame and can always be seen in the films Rocky II (1979) and Dirty Dancing (1987). Actress and singer ELISABETH WELCH (1904-2003) was born in New York City, New York. Beginning her career on stage and in Broadway shows like Liza (1922-1923), Blackbirds of 1928 (1928-1929) and The New Yorkers (1930-1931), she later appeared in several British films, most notably Dead of the Night (1945). Welch continued in film and television work before making a glorious return to the stage with a 1986 solo show Time To Start Living and a Broadway performance in Jerome Kern Goes to Hollywood (1986) which won her the 1986 Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. Singer and actress EDITH WILSON (1896-1981) was born in Louisville, Kentucky. She debuted in New York City at Town Hall in the musical Put and Take and was soon recording her voice for Columbia Records. She continued performing on Broadway in shows like Plantation Revue (1922) and performed for nightclubs internationally. In 1929, Wilson appeared with Fats Waller in Hot Chocolates and continued on Broadway in Hot Rhythm (1930), Shuffle Along (1932-1933), Hummin' Sam (1933) and Blackbirds of 1933 (1933). She appeared in the Humphrey Bogart film To Have and Have Not (1944), was a regular on the Amos n' Andy radio program and was the living trademark of Aunt Jemima's pancake mix for almost two decades. Cabaret singer and pianist BOBBY SHORT (1924-2005) performed for over 35 years at the Café Carlyle in New York City. The internationally famous Short specialized in popular songs by the great composers American composers of the first half of the twentieth century. He released over 20 record albums, and appeared in films and television. The Library of Congress named him one of its Living Legends in 2000. Fine condition.

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