"1939 also saw Mabley participate in an ambitious jazz rendering of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream dubbed Swingin’ the Dream and sponsored in part by The New York World’s Fair. It was set in 1890’s New Orleans and featured demonstrations of jazz and, according to promotional material, voodoo. The remarkable cast had Louis Armstrong as Bottom, Butterfly McQueen as Puck and Mabley as Quince. Other cast members were Dorothy, Etta and Vivian Dandridge, singer Maxine Sullivan and dancer Norma Miller. The program stated, “Scenery based on cartoons designed by Walt Disney.”"
"Frederick Douglass Opie, professor of History and Foodways at Babson College and blogger at Food As A Lens, says “the entertainers called it the Chitlin’ Circuit because club owners sold chitlins and other soul food dishes out of their kitchens.” The name may also have been a play on the Borscht Belt, a moniker given to the Catskills Mountain region in upstate New York where many Jewish families vacationed during the 1940s, ’50s and ’60s. Jewish performers such as Milton Berle and Henny Youngman honed their acts and made a name for themselves in those resorts. Like Borscht Belt, Chitlin’ Circuit was a colloquial name. “It’s definitely a vernacular term,” says Preston Lauterbach, author of The Chitlin’ Circuit and the Road to Rock ‘n’ Roll. “In the African-American press they were typically called the one-nighter circuit or the theatrical circuit, it was dressed up a little bit. Chitlin’ was informal.”"