2020 has been a year of visible antiracist action, as protests have sprung up across the U.S. in response to senseless killings of Black Americans. The country is taking a hard look at systemic racism in all facets of society, from immigration policy to employment practices to the justice system.
But what about the Broadway musical? Does this seemingly “innocent” and “frivolous” all-American art form also have things to say about race and white supremacy? Join Warren Hoffman, author of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical, in conversation with Elizabeth Wollman (Baruch College), as they discuss the ways in which shows from Oklahoma! and West Side Story to Hamilton and The Book of Mormon shape and have been shaped by the racial ideologies that make the U.S. the nation it is today.