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Playbill for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom

Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture
Playbill for Ma Rainey's Black Bottom. White background with yellow box at top; black box below with graphic of a woman in front of a microphone with her arms stretched out to her sides. [PLAYBILL/CORT THEATRE/Ma Rainey's Black Bottom] White circular sticker on back, handwirtten 1984.
Transcription Center Status
Transcribed by digital volunteers
Published by
Playbill, American, founded 1884
Used by
Cort Theatre, American, founded 1912
Subject of
Ma Rainey, American, 1886 - 1939
August Wilson, American, 1945 - 2005
Charles S. Dutton, American, born 1951
Leonard Jackson, American, born 1928
Robert Judd, American, died 1986
Joe Seneca, American, 1919 - 1996
Lou Criscuolo, American, born 1934
John Carpenter, American, born 1948
Aleta Mitchell, American, born 1952
Scott Davenport-Richards
Christopher Loomis
Theresa Merritt, American, 1922 - 1998
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Kayla Deigh Owens
ink on paper
H x W: 8 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (21.6 x 13.7 cm)
theater programs
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Taking the Stage
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 054
Object number
African American
Blues (Music)
Broadway Theatre
Drama (Theatre)
Place used
New York City, New York, United States, North and Central America
Restrictions & Rights
Playbill used by permission. All rights reserved, Playbill Inc.