John Henry’s story remains in early American minstrel songs. The “John Henry Song” has been covered by the likes of Harry Belafonte, Johnny Cash and Bruce Springsteen.
Created by the Pittsburgh-based Hiawatha Project, “JH: Mechanics of a Legend” combines the language of mechanics, ballads and historical records to explore the legend of John Henry. The show runs Feb. 9 to 18 at the August Wilson Center, Pittsburgh. Tickets are $36.75, $31.75 in advance.
— Sally Quinn
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