Paul Robeson

Play - Original

Lunt-Fontanne Theatre (January 19, 1978 - February 26, 1978)
Booth Theatre (March 09, 1978 - April 30, 1978)
Data not verified
  • First Preview: January 17, 1978
  • Opening Date: January 19, 1978
  • Closing Date: April 30, 1978
  • Previews: 3
  • Performances: 77

Playwright: Philip Hayes Dean


In Phillip Hayes Dean's biographical two-man play, the legendary actor, singer and political activist Paul Robeson sings songs and tells stories of his multi-faceted career, from triumphs in Show Boat and The Emperor Jones, to his fight for racial equality to accusations of Communist involvement.


Opening Night Cast

James Earl Jones in Paul Robeson James Earl Jones Paul Robeson
Burt Wallace Lawrence Brown
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Opening Night Production Credits

  Philip Hayes Dean Writer
  Lloyd Richards Director
Charles Nelson Reilly Charles Nelson Reilly Original Staging
  Jaime Rogers Choreographic Consultant
  H. R. Poindexter Scenic Design
  Noel Taylor Costume Design
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Drama Desk Award

Year Category Name Winner/Nominee
1978 Outstanding Actor in a Play James Earl Jones Nominee
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