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Whiteness and the Broadway Musical: A Virtual Book Talk Featuring Warren Hoffman, author of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical

Wed, November 11, 2020 7:00 P.M.
Parkway Central Library

Cost: FREE

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. 

To purchase The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical at a 30% discount (with free shipping), enter promo code 02AAAA17 on the publisher's website:

Cosponsored by the National Museum of American Jewish History and Temple University’s Feinstein Center for American Jewish History with community sponsorship from the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Art & Literature Department.

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Parkway Central Library
1901 Vine Street (between 19th and 20th Streets on the Parkway)
Philadelphia, PA 19103