God’s Trombones

A Gospel musical adaptation of James Weldon Johnson’s writings.

Johnson was a leading figure of the Harlem Renaissance, and one of the most revered African Americans of all time, whose life demonstrated the full spectrum of struggle and success. In God’s Trombones, one of his most celebrated works, inspirational sermons of African American preachers are reimagined as poetry, reverberating with the musicality and splendid eloquence of the spirituals.

Debbie Blackwell Cook won an AUDELCO award for her performance.

Presented as part of the 1989-90 Season

Play opened October 11, 1989 at the Theater of Riverside Church

Artist Credits

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Playwright James Weldon Johnson
Director Woodie King, Jr. Woodie King Jr
Musical Director Grenoldo Frazier
Stage Manager Dwayne D. Perryman III
Set Designer Llewellyn Harrison
Lighting Designer Bill Grant
Costume Designer Judy Dearing
Casting Director Sabrynaah Pope
Actor Trazana Beverley
Actor Debbi Blackwell-Cook
Actor Cliff Frazier
Actor Rhetta Hughes
Actor Theresa Merritt
Actor Lex Monson
Actor Don Corey Washington

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