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The Great White Way

Race and the Broadway Musical

Second Edition

Warren Hoffman (author)

ISBN: 9781978807112

Publication Date: Jan 2020

Format: Paperback

Also available as: Hardback   Hardback  

Musicals reflect the political and social issues of their day. Warren Hoffman 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 in plain view of their audiences.
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The Great White Way, second edition, now fully updated, reveals the racial politics, content, and subtexts that have haunted musicals for almost one hundred years from Show Boat to Hamilton. Musicals reflect the political and social issues of their day. Warren Hoffman 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 in plain view of their audiences. While the musical is informed by the cultural contributions of African Americans and Jewish immigrants, Hoffman argues that ultimately the history of the American musical is the history of white identity in the United States. He offers entirely new and surprising takes on shows from the American musical canon.
 
New archival research on the creators who produced and wrote these shows will have theater fans and scholars rethinking how they view this popular American entertainment.
Illustrations 20 black & white images
Pages 302
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Jan 2020
Publisher Rutgers University Press
Subject/s Theatre studies   Musicals   Jewish studies   Ethnic studies   Social discrimination  
Warren Hoffman, PhD, is the author of The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture. He has worked professionally in the theater for more than ten years as a program director, producer, theater critic, and playwright.

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