Throughout the 1950s Johnson danced on Broadway in several shows including
My Darlin’ Aida, House of Flowers and Hallelujah Baby!
CREDITS Mme Fleur: Pearl Bailey Ottilie: Diahann Carroll Mme Tango: Juanita Hall Royal: Rawn Spearman Pansy: Ada Moore Tulip: Enid Mosier Gladiola: Dolores Harper Lord Jamison: Geoffrey Holder Do: Winston George Henriques Don’t: Solomon Earl Green Mother: Miriam Burton Captain Jonas: Ray Walston Mamselle Ibo Lele: Pearl Reynolds The Sisters Merengue: Leu Comacho, Margot Small Mamselle Honolulu: Mary Mon Toy Mamselle Cigarette: Glory Van Scott Chief Of Police: Don Redman Carmen: Carmen De Lavallade Alvin: Alvin Ailey Monsieur Jamison: Dino Di Luca The Houngan: Frederick O’Neal Baron Of The Cemetery: Geoffrey Holder Duchess Of The Sea: Miriam Burton Steel Band: Michel Alexander, Roderick Clavery, Alphonson Marshall Townspeople: Joseph Comadore, Hubert Dilworth, Philip Hepburn, Louis Johnson, Mary Louise, Audrey Mason, Arthur Mitchell, Walter Nicks, Albert Popwell, Sabu, Herbert Stubbs.
“The original Broadway production closed after nine months of performances. Hallelujah Baby had been closed for several months when it won the Tony for Best Musical, beating out The Happy Time, How Now Dow Jones and Illya Darling. (The Happy Time and How Now Dow Jones were both still running at the time.)”
Louis Johnson appeared in both the stage and screen versions of
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Dale Shields is a professor of theatre, director, and actor (Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway, and Regional).
The 2017 winner of The Kennedy Center/Stephen Sondheim Inspirational Teacher Award®, 2017 and 2015 Tony® award nominee for the Excellence in Theatre Education Award, and the winner of the 2017 AUDELCO/"VIV" Special Achievement Award. On the web, he is the archivist and historian of Iforcolor.org and Black Theatre/African American Voices [Facebook] (theatre, music, and art). He has taught classes and workshops at Susquehanna University, Denison University, Randolph-Macon College, Macalester College, The College of Wooster, Ohio University, Wayne State University, and the Joseph Papp Public Theatre (New York Shakespeare Festival).
B.F.A. and M.F.A. degree from Ohio University.