A Century of Musicals in Black and White: An Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works By, About, or Involving African Americans

By Bernard L. Peterson Jr. | Go to book overview

PREFACE

A Century of Musicals in Black and White is a comprehensive encyclopedia that provides information, as available, on more than twelve hundred musical stage works by, about, or involving black Americans. Included are shows with contributions by black librettists, lyricists, composers, musicians, producers, performers, and other theatre artists, and/or that contain materials of a thematic nature relevant to the black experience either in America or in other nations. Actually the time span exceeds a century as the coverage extends from 1873 to 1992.

This encyclopedia is the third volume of an ongoing series of books that the writer hopes someday to complete on black contributions to the American stage, films, and television. The first two volumes, already published by Greenwood Press, are Contemporary Black American Playwrights and Their Plays: A Biographical Directory and Dramatic Index ( 1988) and Early Black American Playwrights and Dramatic Writers: A Biographical Directory and Catalog of Plays, Films, and Broadcasting Scripts ( 1990).

Because of the numerous problems which cross-references from volume to volume would entail, the writer has decided to devote this and all future volumes to a single aspect of black participation in the theatre and entertainment media. Just as this volume is devoted exclusively to musical stage works, other discrete volumes will be devoted to such subjects as plays, films, television shows, performers and show people, organizations and performing groups, and other separate aspects of blacks in show business.

A Century of Musicals in Black and White has been so named because of the numerous stage works included which represent a collaboration of white and black artists, including composers, librettists, lyricists, musicians, producers, and performers. To cite only a few examples: Black songwriters contributed music and lyrics to dozens of early white-oriented musical shows, such as The Belle of Bridgeport ( 1900), Casino Girl ( 1900-1901), The Little Duchess ( 1901-

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Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents vii
  • Preface ix
  • Acknowledgments xiii
  • Abbreviations xv
  • Symbols xxi
  • Encyclopedia of Musical Stage Works 1
  • Appendix: Chronology of Musical Shows 393
  • Information Sources 417
  • Name Index 435
  • Song Index 497
  • General Index 525
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