Watch: Sexism, Racism and the Golden Age of Broadway

Monday, December 14, 2015

Tony winners Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Jeanine Tesori, Sheldon Harnick talk with Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel in The Greene Space (Matthew Septimus)

The "Golden Age of Broadway” conjures visions of romantic innocence, but the original scripts of many classic American musicals, from Babes in Arms to Annie Get Your Gun, are full of troubling sexist and racist attitudes. 

How can we make sense of an art form that has produced so many beautiful songs and perpetuated so many ugly stereotypes?

We explored that question in the first of our three Encores! Unscripted conversations on December 14 with the help of Tony Award winners Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof), Ruben Santiago-Hudson (Jelly’s Last Jam) and Jeanine Tesori (Fun Home). Encores! Artistic Director Jack Viertel hosted the conversation. 

This series is generously sponsored by Margee and John Falk

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