Before Ella, Tina, Billie Or Beyonce There Was Josephine:
The First African-American International Superstar

“She should be starring in a movie version directed by Baz Luhrmann”

– RuPaul (about Tymisha Harris)

“Probably the closest to an evening with Josephine Baker as one will ever experience.”

– Stagebiz NYC

Josephine is a biographical musical that combines cabaret, theatre and dance to tell the story of the iconic Josephine Baker, the first African-American international superstar and one of the most remarkable figures of the 20th Century.

Josephine Baker was born in St. Louis in 1906 and achieved only moderate success in the United States, but became an international superstar after moving to Europe in 1924. She starred alongside white romantic leading men in films in the 30’s, had multiple interracial marriages and homosexual relationships, and performed in men’s clothing before the term “drag” was commonly used/known. She was a spy for the French Resistance in WWII, a civil rights activist, and mother to 12 adopted children. Her success often gave her the opportunity to live free from the racial oppression of her home nation, though she never stopped yearning for acceptance in America.

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