Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

Social Science Research Institute - St. Cloud State University

 

Panel Title:

An Exploration of Racism in American Musical Theatre and its Effect on Immigrant Communities


Panelists: 

1.Dennis Whipple,

Director of GREAT Theatre in St. Cloud, MN.

2. Jeffry Bleam,

Chair, Department of Theatre and Film Studies, SCSU

 

3. Debra Leigh

Professor of Theatre and Film Studies, Director, Community Anti-Racism Initiative

This panel will explore how musicals have reflected and perpetuated the racial rifts and injustices of American society and especially its effects on immigrant communities.  Broadway, like America, has plenty to be ashamed of when it comes to its treatment of people of color. From the early days, when black entertainers could not work unless they were in blackface, to not so long ago, when Asian performers picketed in Times Square to insure the role of a Eurasian character in Miss Saigon would not be reserved for whites only.  Panel discussion, excerpts from performances and clips.

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