Clorindy, or The Origin of the Cake Walk

Black History Month Honoree 27
Posted on 02/27/2023
Image of ClorindyClorindy, or The Origin of the Cake Walk is a one-act musical by composer Will Maroin Cook and librettist Paul Laurence Dunbar. The piece premiered in 1898 and was the first Broadway musical with an all-black cast. It starred the famous African-American performer Ernest Hogan. Popular songs from the show included "Who Dat Say Chicken In Dis Crowd" (one of the first documented uses of the well-known "Who Dat?" comedy motif) and the finale, "Darktown Is Out Tonight."

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