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In Dahomey: A Negro Musical Comedy (1903)



Production still from In Dahomey, 1903

Will Marion Cook (Music)
Jesse A. Shipp (Music)
Alex Rogers (Lyrics)
Paul Laurence Dunbar (Lyrics)

18 February – 4 April, 1903
(53 performances)


            In Dahomey is often claimed to be the first African American production to ever be mounted on Broadway. African American blackface performers Bert Williams and George Walker star as two conmen from Boston who discover a pot of gold and devise a plan to move to Africa to colonize Dahomey (present day Benin) with a group of poor African Americans.


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