• John Cunningham

Harlem in Havana a documentary

Updated: Jan 7

By Leslie Cunningham, Artist, Filmmaker, Multimedia Producer & Collaborator

A multimedia documentary project honoring one of America's most successful traveling shows that influenced entertainment around the globe.

Leon Claxton’s Harlem in Havana Revue was the leading attraction on Royal American Shows carnival exhibition for nearly four decades of the 20th century. Considered a Black and Cuban stage revue featuring music, dance and comedy, Claxton's multicultural revue combined the best professional acts from the U.S. and Cuba, a chorus-line of brown skin showgirls, and live all-colored orchestra playing Blues, Jazz, Doo-Wop, Latin and Afro-Cuban music of the day.