June 11, 1999 | Opera Theatre of Saint Louis
Joshua's Boots
Composer:Adolphus Hailstork
Librettist:Susan Kander
Synopsis
Set in the late 19th century, Joshua's Boots tells the story of a black teenager who flees barefooted from his Missouri home after his father is killed by a lynch mob. He ends up in Dodge City where, at that time, one in every four cowboys was black. After battling hardship and prejudice, he eventually makes good as a cowboy, a fact symbolized by his handsome, silver-tipped boots, an emblem of top achievement in the cowboys' world.

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Amarillo OperaJoshua's Boots2/2/2018 - 2/3/2018
Opera Theatre of Saint LouisJoshua's Boots6/6/1999 - 6/20/1999


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Approximate Runtime (hh:mm)
01:05

Number of Acts
1

Musical Style
Tonal; incorporates spirituals, cowboy folk melodies, and original material

Vocal & Musical Forces
Singers: 3 principal roles, 7 secondary roles; chorus: 11. Orchestra: flute, clarinet, piano, percussion, violin, cello

Original Cast
Jermaine Smith (Joshua)
Jamilla Upchurch (Sarah)
Cameron Roberson (Abraham)
Dennis Shaw (Natty Green)
Siphiwe McKenzie (Mamma/Sallie Fingers)
Patrick Nigh (Geezer/Frank/Captain Pershing/Cookie)
Johanna Elkana (Miss Pearl)
Jesse Lawder (Frederick)
Rebecca Schaaf (Lucinda)
David Koch (Charlie)


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