BOOK TALK: The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical with Warren Hoffman
Wednesday, December 9th at 7:00PM
Co-presented by Theater J and Olney Theatre Center
Broadway musicals are one of America’s most beloved art forms and play to millions of people each year. But what do these shows, which are often thought to be just frothy entertainment, really have to say about our country and who we are as a nation? In The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical, author 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.
Join Hoffman and Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr for this stimulating conversation, filled with new and surprising takes on shows from the American Musical Canon. Olney Theatre Center Associate Artistic Director Christopher Youstra will introduce the event.