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Footnotes : the Black artists who rewrote the rules of the Great White Way / Caseen Gaines.

Available copies

  • 1 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library. (Show preferred library)

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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Breckenridge Public Library 792.0899 GAI (Text) 33500013407655 New Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781492688815
  • ISBN: 1492688819
  • Physical Description: pages cm
  • Publisher: Naperville, Ilinois : Sourcebooks, 2021.

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Part 1. The way there -- The blacker the bait, 1885-1915 -- Know your audience, 1915 -- High society, 1915-1917 -- Mo man's land, 1917-1919 -- The Red summer, 1919 -- Part 2. Making it -- Black bohemians, 1921 -- Nevertheless, they succeeded, 1921-1922 -- Vamped by a brown skin, 1922-1923 -- Part 3. Holding on -- Partial ownership, 1923-1924 -- Better than salary, 1924-1925 -- Another second chance, 1925-1933 -- White folks follow, 1933-1952 -- Epilogue: Encoures.
Summary, etc.:
"For readers of Hidden Figures and Something Wonderful, Footnotes is the story of New York in the roaring twenties and the first Broadway show with an all-Black cast and creative team to achieve success-and its impact on our popular culture. Amidst a culture actively whitewashing, controlling, or trying to prevent their stories from being told, these artists changed the course of American entertainment. This groundbreaking group of performers and the creators (including composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle) sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen, ultimately leading to productions such as West Side Story, Black Panther, and of course, Hamilton"-- Provided by publisher.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 May #1
    The remarkable story of the 1921 trailblazing, all-Black musical, Shuffle Along, is explored in this well-researched and engrossing new book by pop-culture historian Gaines. We meet the innovative creators Noble Sissle, Eubie Blake, Flournoy Miller, and Aubrey Lyles on the show's opening night as they nervously prepare to flee the theater, anticipating rioting crowds. With this tense opening chapter, the dichotomous experiences of Black artists on early-twentieth-century stages are exemplified perfectly; both dazzle and danger, and not always in equal measure. Through a well-paced and compelling narrative style, Gaines pays homage to the show that augured a new era for artists of color on Broadway. The book excels in describing the historical moment, seamlessly discussing a wide range of issues, including the role of African Americans in WWI and the racial violence in the country at large while also portraying the glamour of the time by introducing such Shuffle Along players as Josephine Baker, Paul Robeson, and Florence Mills, among others. Evocative and illuminating, Footnotes is an excellent addition to the canon of musical theater history. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: African Americans in the performing arts > New York (State) > New York > History > 20th century.
African American theater > New York (State) > New York > History > 20th century.
American drama > African American authors > History and criticism.
Broadway (New York, N.Y.) > History.
African American theater.
African Americans in the performing arts.
American drama > African American authors.
New York (State) > New York.
New York (State) > New York > Broadway.
Genre: Criticism, interpretation, etc.

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