At the height of his fame, Bill ("Bojangles") Robinson was considered the greatest tap dancer in the world. With his smooth dancing style and ebullient vitality, Robinson worked his way up to the national vaudeville circuit, the Broadway stage, radio, and major studio films, breaching racial barriers all along the way. In 1939, he opened in The Hot Mikado, a swing version of the operetta. The "agile Bill Robinson turns on the heat," the New York Herald Tribune proclaimed in its review. In Al Hirschfeld's accompanying illustration, the white arcs of the seats beneath the dancer's tapping feet add a percussive rhythm. Other elements of the picture seem cinematic, suggesting a lighted screen, close-ups, and long shots. In this virtuoso drawing, Hirschfeld employs squiggles, loops, arcs, thin threads of ink, and white and black stripes for different effects.