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Author Woll, Allen L.

Title Black musical theatre : from Coontown to Dreamgirls / Allen Woll.

Imprint Baton Rouge : Louisiana State University Press, c1989.

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 Moore Stacks  ML1711 .W64 1989    Available  ---
Description xiv, 301 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.
Bibliography Bibliography: p. [279]-285.
Note Includes index.
Contents Preface -- Acknowledgments -- Abbreviations -- The first black musicals: Clorindy and a trip to Coontown (1898) -- The end of the coon songs: Bob Cole and the Johnson brothers -- The back to Africa musicals: Bert Williams and George Walker -- The term of exile -- Shuffle along -- It's getting dark on old Broadway -- Dixie to Broadway: Lew Leslie and the Black Revues -- A passing fad? -- "Wall st. lays an egg" -- The irony of Porgy and Bess -- Swinging the classics--or the FTP meets Gilbert and Sullivan -- Black and white Broadway -- Democracy in action -- Langston Hughes and the new black musical -- Revival -- Epilogue: into the 1980s -- Selected bibliography --Index.
Summary Woll starts with minstrel shows and "coon songs" and follows the development of the musical through the great shows of the twenties to current-day blockbusters like Ain't Misbehavin' . Throughout, stage history has paralleled social history; a subtext of discrimination against black performers and authors underscores Woll's splendid re-creation of the world of Cole and Johnson, Williams and Walker, Florence Mills, and countless others.
Subject Musicals -- United States -- History and criticism.
Revues -- United States -- History and criticism.
African Americans -- Music -- History and criticism.
African American entertainers.
African American entertainers.
African Americans -- Music.
United States.
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
ISBN 0807114693 (alk. paper)
9780807114698 (alk. paper)