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The Great White Way : race and the Broadway musical

Author: Warren Hoffman
Publisher: New Brunswick, New Jersey : Rutgers University Press, [2014]
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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The Great White Way reveals the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat (1927) to The Scottsboro Boys (2011). It investigates the thematic content of the Broadway musical and considers how musicals work on a structural level, allowing them to simultaneously present and hide their racial agendas. New archival research will have theater fans and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Hoffman, Warren, 1976-
Great White Way
(DLC) 2013013412
(OCoLC)840895426
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Warren Hoffman
ISBN: 9781461958192 1461958199 9780813563367 0813563364
OCLC Number: 870994539
Description: 1 online resource (x, 251 pages) : illustrations
Contents: Overture : all singin'! all dancin'! all white people? --
Act one : 1927-1957 --
Only make believe : performing race in Show boat --
Playing cowboys and Indians : forging whiteness in Oklahoma! and Annie get your gun --
Trouble in New York City : the racial politics of West Side story and the Music man --
Act two : 1967-2012 --
Carbon copies : Black and interracial productions of white musicals --
A chorus line : the Benetton of Broadway musicals --
Everything old is new again : nostalgia and the Broadway musical at the end of the twentieth century --
Exit music.
Responsibility: Warren Hoffman.

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The Great White Way reveals the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat (1927) to The Scottsboro Boys (2011). It investigates the thematic content of the Broadway musical and considers how musicals work on a structural level, allowing them to simultaneously present and hide their racial agendas. New archival research will have theater fans and scholars forever rethinking how they view this popular American ente.

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"An important and necessary intervention in the study of Broadway musicals, Hoffman s book reveals the cultural power the form has to shape oft-unacknowledged American attitudes towards race and Read more...

 
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