Radio Times

Race and the Broadway musical

March 14, 2014

Guest: Warren Hoffman

Broadway musicals depict many parts of the human condition, but our guest, Philadelphia-based author WARREN HOFFMAN, points out white actors and actresses have disproportionally been the face of most characters on the stage throughout the 20th Century. But as the past few decades have produced more diverse casts, Hoffman says we have a long way to go for the art form to be truly American. He joins us for music and conversation including Annie Get Your Gun, West Side Story, In the Heights and Passing Strange as Hoffman discusses his new book, “The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical.”

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