Journals Higher Education



Published: 06 December 2012

328 Pages | 10 music examples and 17 illustrations


ISBN: 9780199759378

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Show Boat

Performing Race in an American Musical

Todd Decker

Broadway Legacies

  • First book to look at the complete history of this landmark work of the Broadway stage through the prism of race
  • Uses exhaustive archival research conducted in Hollywood, New York, London, and elsewhere
  • Draws on previously unknown sources, including scripts and scores from the earliest productions, rejected draft scripts for all three Show Boat films, and a musical source for Jerome Kern's famous melody for "Ol' Man River"
  • Moves important historical figures such as Paul Robeson to the center of the story of how Show Boat was made
  • Based on over twenty stage productions of Show Boat-including those in London's West End-and four Hollywood film versions

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