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Show BoatPerforming Race in an American Musical$
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Todd Decker

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199759378

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.001.0001

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Epilogue

Epilogue

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Show Boat
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Todd Decker

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199759378.003.0010

Show Boat's legacy is assessed by comparison with recent Broadway musicals that use interracial casts and racially-marked popular music styles. Ragtime, Hairspray, and Memphis are considered as radical remakings of Hammerstein and Kern's vision for Show Boat as a cultural space where black and white music, characters, and performers might share the national stage.

Keywords:   Ragtime, Hairspray, Memphis

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