To Close Out Black History Month, Stewart F. Lane Highlights Icons of the Theatre

Photos   To Close Out Black History Month, Stewart F. Lane Highlights Icons of the Theatre
 
Stewart F. Lane is author of the book "Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way." To close out Black History month, Lane shares with us a list of some of the great African-American male figures on Broadway.
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Sammy Davis Jr.- He could do it all: sing, dance, act, write and entertain. All that packed in one guy.

Worlds apart from the relatively lightweight musicals of the season, Golden Boy tackled tough issues such as racial discrimination. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who saw the show soon after it opened, praised the production’s unflinching picture of black life in America…. At the height of the civil rights movement—and despite death threats, from which producer Hillard Elkins tried to shield star Sammy Davis, Jr.—Golden Boy opened in October 1964 at the Majestic Theatre. It was a hit, running for 569 performances and receiving four Tony Award nominations. By Friedman-Abeles / ©Billy Rose Theatre Division, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts.

"Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way" is available for purchase from the Playbill Store.

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