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Dr Sarah Whitfield - Reframing the Musical

23 May 2019 , 4pm - 5pm
Light House, Fryer Street, Wolverhampton, UK

The stories that we tell about the history of the musical have focused on key works and founding fathers of the musical, we hear about Rodgers and Hammerstein, Jerome Kern and George Gershwin, and we know Show Boat and Oklahoma.This talk challenges this story, unravelling some of the stories that have been told about the musical and considering what the consequence of this story has been - who gets to be included, and who is left out of the narrative?

Hosted by Dr Sarah Whitfield, editor of the recent publication of Reframing the Musical: Race, Culture and Identity, some of the contributors to the book from the US and the UK will join the evening virtually and in person, to discuss recent important findings that uncover the work of minoritised groups. The session shares fresh perspective on musicals past and present - and start to think about what the future of the musical might look like.

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