Sunday, March 29, 2020

New film release date. Stay safe!

Dear Supporters: During these uncertain times around the world, we hope you and your family are safe and well. Thank you again for your generous support of JIG SHOW | Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana over the years. Despite a few recent post-production delays, we are on target to release the film this Summer. All DVD and digital pre-orders will be filled in the month of June. Further, all plans for community screening events have been postponed until further notice. Please continue to watch this site for more updates, and please stay safe!  

Thursday, September 19, 2019

HARLEM IN HAVANA, SEX, SIN & SAWDUST - Watch for the forthcoming book!


A forthcoming book: by John Cunningham

HARLEM IN HAVANA, SEX, SIN & SAWDUST, a new forthcoming book by author and musician John Cunningham is a coming of age memoir about a black kid growing up in the shadow of the Royal American Shows, the world’s largest carnival midway during the 1940s, his last journey with them during the summer of 1958 and the secrets he’s had to live with until now. 

This project began in response to a question asked by one of his Grandchildren. Where are you from, they asked. In trying to answer the question he realized there was more to its answer than he was ready to reveal. 
Learn more.  


Sunday, September 1, 2019

View the Online Photography Gallery

The Harlem in Havana Project's Online Photography Gallery features nearly 50 never-before digitized images from Claxton's revue. All photos are copyright protected.

Monday, June 17, 2019

Multimedia Magazine Collector's Edition

Get the Harlem in Havana Collector's Magazine in print or via IPad! This collector's edition features 28 never-before-digitized pages from the 1955, 1958 and 1959 show brochures.

This stunning collection features cast members and includes autographs from the entertainers themselves!  

Sunday, February 24, 2019


BROWN SKIN SHOWGIRLS is a black and white photographic collection of the Black and Cuban women who performed burlesque, exotic, rhumba, salsa, calypso, striptease and female impersonation on Leon Claxton's Harlem in Havana Revue during its run on Royal American Shows from 1936 to 1967. This book is guaranteed to expand your knowledge of Black and Cuban performers that shaped American popular culture. Order your print copy for $25 on Amazon

Friday, November 2, 2018

Brown Skin Showgirls, Vol I & II

Get both Brown Skin Showgirls books autographed by Leslie Cunningham (creator and filmmaker). 

Order the set here! 

All sales will help to support the documentary film project