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Lew Leslie

Producer, Director, Vaudevillian

(1886 - 1963)

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"International Revue" at time.com


On Broadway at ibdb.com
"Blackbirds" at ibdb.com
Lew Leslie got his start in vaudeville in his early twenties. During the 1920s and 30s he produced a series of popular revues for the London and New York stages. Starting with the Plantation Revue in 1922 and later the well-known Blackbird revues, Leslie become known as the “Black Ziegfeld” despite the fact that he was white. Performed by African Americans, the Blackbird revues enjoyed great success. Blackbirds of 1928, starring Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, Adelaide Hall, and scored by Dorothy Fields and Jimmy McHugh, ran for an impressive 519 performances.

- Sandra Burlingame

Music of Broadway: 1930-1936

Various Artists (Includes selections from Lew Leslie's "Blackbirds of 1930"
Reading and Viewing

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Jim Haskins

Mr. Bojangles: The Biography of Bill Robinson

Welcome Rain

Includes references to Lew Leslie

Iain Cameron Williams

Underneath a Harlem Moon: The Harlem to Paris Years of Adelaide Hall (Bayou Jazz Lives)

Continuum Publishing

Includes references to Lew Leslie

Allen L. Woll

Black Musical Theatre: From Coontown to Dreamgirls

Louisiana State University Press

Includes references to Lew Leslie

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