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  1. Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way
    Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way
    Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way
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  2. Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way

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The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have travelled to reach recognition on the Great White Way.

 

After the Civil War, the popularity of the minstrel shows grew by leaps and bounds throughout the country. African Americans were portrayed by whites, who would entertain audiences in black face. While the depiction of blacks was highly demeaning, it opened the door to African-American performers, and by the late 1800s, a number of them were playing to full houses. By the 1920s, the Jazz Age was in full swing, allowing black musicians and composers to reach wider audiences. And in the thirties, musicals such as George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Eubie Blake’s Swing It opened the door a little wider.

 

As the years passed, black performers continued to gain ground. In the 1940s, Broadway productions of Cabin in the Sky, Carmen Jones, and St. Louis Woman enabled African Americans to demonstrate a fuller range of talents, and Paul Robeson reached national prominence in his awarding-winning portrayal of Othello. By the 1950s and ’60s, more black actors―including Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and Sidney Poitier―had found their voices on stage, and black playwrights and directors had begun to make their marks.

 

Black Broadway provides an entertaining, poignant history of a Broadway of which few are aware. By focusing a spotlight on both performers long forgotten and on those whom we still hold dear, this unique book offers a story well worth telling.

 

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Specifications

Country
USA
Author
Stewart F. Lane
Binding
Hardcover
EAN
9780757003882
ISBN
0757003885
IsEligibleForTradeIn
1
Label
Square One Publishers
Manufacturer
Square One Publishers
NumberOfItems
1
NumberOfPages
288
PublicationDate
2015-02-02
Publisher
Square One Publishers
Studio
Square One Publishers
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

The book was terrific. However, I have one serious complaint. The actor, theater producer and trade unionist, Frederick O'Neal was not given
his just recognization. I knew him late on in his life. He was always a strong fighter for actors. He was the first African-American president of
Actors' Equity Association, 1964-1973. He also co-founded the British Negro Theatre. Most important, he was a founding member of the American Negro Theater. A theater that was the learning ground for many a future black actors. He deserved more than a sighting on a Theater posture.
So much forgotten history at your fingertips. Well documented and written. Hopefully schools and libraries will also add this publication to their collections.
1st & foremost, I'm not into theatre- & not due to a lack of people of color in the "Great White Way." As a person of color, theatre shows never really interested me in general.

That said, this is a great coffee table book on the history of Black people in theatre going back to 1821 when the 1st Black owned & operated theatre opened til the present times. Besides detailed info & wonderfully photos & illustrations, the book also offers mini-bios on successful Black performers who made an impact on Broadway, as well as info on some Black oriented plays then & now.

Again as someone who's not into theatre, I'm surprised how deep Black roots are in Broadway, giving the historical lack of opportunities for people of color there. If you went to know more about Black people in the "Great White Way", this is a must read.
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