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Bigotry on Broadway
1st edition
Edited by: Ishmael Reed Edited by: Carla Blank

Edited by :

Ishmael Reed ,

Edited by :

Carla Blank


Baraka Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade
Sep 01, 2021
$24.95 CAD


8in x 5 x 0.5 in | 230 gr

Page Count:

200 pages
Baraka Books
PERFORMING ARTS / Theater / Broadway & Musicals
  • Short Description

In this hard-hitting anthology, Ishmael Reed and Carla Blank have invited a diverse group of informed and accomplishes writers, both women and men, who are rarely heard to comment on the long-standing bigotry on Broadway towards many different ethnic minorities.

How do intellectuals and scholars feel about how members of their ethnic groups are portrayed on Broadway? How would we know? Very few of them have the power to rate which plays and musicals are worthy and which ones are flops, and above all, be heard or read. The American critical fraternity is an exclusive club.

Carla Blank and Ishmael Reed invited informed and accomplished writers, women and man, who are rarely heard from to comment about how ethnic groups are depicted on Broadway. The contributors are Lonely Christopher, Tommy Curry, Jack Foley, Emil Guillermo, Claire J. Harris, Yuri Kageyama, Soraya McDonald, Nancy Mercado, Aimee Phan, Elizabeth Theobold Richards, Shawn Wong and David Yearsley, in addition to the editors. Under review are Madame Butterfly, the Irving Berlin songbook, Oklahoma, South Pacific, Miss Saigon, Flower Drum Song, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, The Color Purple, The Book of Mormon, West Side Story and Hamilton.

All of these musicals received enthusiastic reviews from the exclusive club of media critics. With Bigotry on Broadway, readers will get the views of those who have been excluded from the club. They will find themselves asking, ?Why has it taken so long??

Ishmael Reed is an award-winning poet, novelist, essayist, playwright, songwriter, public media commentator, lecturer and publisher. His play on the Broadway musical Hamilton, The Haunting of Lin-Manuel Miranda, garnered three 2019 AUDELCO awards and was published by Archway Editions in October 2020. The Terrible Fours, the third novel in the Terribles trilogy, was published in June 2021. Founder of the Before Columbus Foundation, he is a MacArthur Fellow and holds the 2020 Berkeley Distinguished Emeritus Award.

Carla Blank is a writer, director, dramaturge and editor. She co-authored Storming the Old Boys? Citadel: Two Pioneer Women Architects of Nineteenth Century North America, with Tania Martin. She is author and editor of the 20th century historical reference Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000. Her two-volume anthology of performing arts techniques and styles, Live on Stage! , was co-authored with Jody Roberts. She co-edited with Ishmael Reed the anthology Powwow: Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience, Short Fiction, From Then to Now. She lives in Oakland, California.

“Insightful essays and interviews examine how white power structures on Broadway have shaped musical theater's representations of Black, Indigenous, and people of color, or led to their absence ... A book for all readers interested in the history of Broadway musicals, theater criticism, and the role of whiteness in Broadway's misrepresentations. ” Amy Lewontin Library Journal

“For half a century, Ishmael Reed?s been American literature?s most fearless satirist, waging a cultural forever war against the media that spans a dozen novels, nine plays and essay collections, and hundreds of poems” The New Yorker

On Powwow: Charting the Fault Lines of the American Experience?Short Fiction from Then to Now“AReed and Blank have selected molten and magical tales that dramatically explore the consequences of our attitudes toward race, ethnicity, gender, class, and sexuality?. this is a live-wire, from-sea-to-shining-sea collection in which we hear America singing.” Donna Seaman Booklist

“Highly recommended” Gene Shaw, Library Journal“A captivating, multifarious look at the American experience through its short fiction.” Publishers Weekly

On Rediscovering America: the Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000 written and edited by Carla Blank

“The text thus showcases Americans of color, women, immigrants, and others who shaped our country's history but have often been marginalized?. an effective, valuable historical reference work. ”


“A [Ishmael Reed] is the purest literary troublemaker we currently have? a book that is arresting? always-bracing and readable. ” ? Jeff Simon, Buffalo News

“A Since the mid-twentieth century, Ishmael Reed has been deep, abrasive, and didactic, an iconoclastic champion of what is ?good? and a formidable critic of what is ?bad? in domestic and transnational affairs. Reed is a fighter, a battered but undefeated fighter.” Jerry Ward Jr.

“A That?s what I loved about Baldwin, something that I am inspired by about Baldwin, Amiri Baraka, Ishmael Reed, Gwendolyn Brooks?they were all darlings of the liberal establishment, and they rejected that status, which meant they were pushed to the margins.” Cornell West

“A One of our greatest writers.” Brian Flota, The Hairsplitter

“A Just when you think that Reed is exaggerating, or being one-dimensional in his analysis of racial issues, he?ll open another page of American history and show you something new.” ? David Homel, Montreal Review of Books

“A With Ishmael Reed, the most persistent myths and prejudice crumble under powerful unrelenting jabs and razor-sharp insight. ” Le Devoir, Montreal

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