Louis Johnson and Kwamina
In 1961, Louis Johnson performed alongside several notable Black dancers in Kwamina on Broadway. These co-stars included Doris de Mendez (New York Negro Ballet); Charles Moore (Negro Dance Theater, Katherine Dunham Company, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater); Ronald Platts (New York Negro Ballet); Charles Queenan (Negro Dance Theatre); and Glory Van Scott (American Ballet Theatre, Agnes de Mille Company, Katherine Dunham Company, Talley Beatty Company).
More about Kwamina
Kwamina ran from October 23 to November 18, 1961 at the 54th Street Theatre. The musical featured lyrics and music by Richard Adler and a book by Robert Alan Arthur. For her choreography, Agnes de Mille was nominated for a Tony Award and was largely praised along with her dancers. The musical was also nominated for Tony Awards in the categories of “Costume Design” and “Composer.”