Joe Hill was a songwriter and activist in a fascinating union, the Industrial Workers of the World, in the early 1900s.  The victim of a police frame-up in Utah, he was executed by a firing squad in in Utah 1915.  This musical blends Joe Hill's work with sounds and struggles of today--as our world faces many of the same challenges that workers faced over a hundred years ago.  Book and Original Music by Dan Furman, Lyrics by Dan Furman, Joe Hill and others.

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Joe Hill

When Joe Hill arrived in Utah, his friend Otto Appelquist was getting engaged to Hilda Erickson.  But a romance seems to have developed between Joe and Hilda as well, and events were set into motion that led to Otto shooting Joe in a jealous rage.  The state of Utah used the incident to frame Joe up for the murder of a grocer that happened that same night in Salt Lake City (one of the attackers was shot as he fled the scene).

   Hilda Erickson visited Joe Hill every Sunday in prison until his execution 22 months later.  The lyrics to this song, presumably written by Joe to Hilda, were discovered after his death.  The song occurs just as Joe has met Hilda for the first time.

"Oh, Please, Let Me Dance This Waltz,"  Lyrics:  Joe Hill, Music:  Dan Furman.  Sung by LaurĂ©nt Williams, with Sailor Mayberry and Ursula D'Antillo Stout

Listen to a song from the show!

The show was first performed in the Outdoor Patio @ Rustik Tavern

471 Dekalb Ave, Brookly, NY.  Sept 14-Oct 6, 2021 on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.


While this page will continue on the BTT website, the official Joe Hill Revival website is now here:

A new production of The Joe Hill Revival will open in Fall of 2023.  Please visit the above website for tickets.  The Joe Hill Revival will open with a concert and fundraiser at The Green Room 42 in Manhattan, followed by 5 performances at the Brooklyn Art Haus in Williamsburg, a show at the Puffin Cultural Forum in Teaneck, NJ and concluding with a neighborhood tavern performance at Edie Jo's in the Flatbush/PLG area of Brooklyn.  Join us!