Todd Decker

in Show Boat

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199759378
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979554 | DOI:

Series: Broadway Legacies


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Show Boat's legacy is assessed by comparison with recent Broadway musicals that use interracial casts and racially-marked popular music styles. Ragtime, Hairspray, and Memphis are considered as radical remakings of Hammerstein and Kern's vision for Show Boat as a cultural space where black and white music, characters, and performers might share the national stage.

Keywords: Ragtime; Hairspray; Memphis

Chapter.  3967 words. 

Subjects: American Music ; Popular Music

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