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Minorities and their Portrayal in Musical Theater
July 8, 15, and 22 at 12:00 PM

The Broadway musical has not always been kind to minorities, going back to ”Porgy and Bess”, “Annie Get Your Gun”,  and “The King and I” to name a few. People of color, religion, race, and sexual orientation have often  been portrayed in ways we would not accept today. These characters, often stereotypes, were deemed acceptable in their time, but today may send chills down our spines. In this three-part series, examine how the perception of these creative works, well revered in their time, and their characters have evolved over time with internationally recognized Broadway Musical Historian expert Steven Friedman. Click here to register.

Steven Friedman is an internationally recognized Broadway Musical historian who has brought the joy of Broadway to audiences all over the world. His engaging style wit, and knowledge of the back stories of the musicals many cherish, has endeared him to his audiences. Steven believes that music and historical perspective create an emotional reaction and he delights himself on helping audiences enjoy the relevance of both time and era in regard to musical theater history.


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