On the late poet's 117th birthday, we take a look back at his 1957 musical Simply Heavenly.
To celebrate the birthday of prolific poet Langston Hughes, we're taking a look back at Simply Heavenly—a 1957 Broadway musical for which Hughes wrote the book and lyrics.
Simply Heavenly was based on Hughes' novel Simple Takes a Wife, as well as his other "Simple" stories. After an Off-Broadway run at the 85th Street Playhouse, the musical transferred to the Playhouse Theatre (which was demolished in 1969 to accommodate the expansion of Rockafeller Center) on Broadway in August 1957. The production starred Claudia McNeil, Melvin Stewart, Anna English, Marilyn Berry, John Bouie, Brownie McGhee, and Duke Williams.
Take a look at photos from the production below:
Celebrate Langston Hughes' Birthday With a Look Back at Simply Heavenly on Broadway