Concerts from the Library of Congress, 2019-2020

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020 at 7:00 PM

Ben West

Montpelier Room

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(tickets available 09/11/2019, beginning at 10 AM)

Ben West, musical theater artist, historian and founder of UnsungMusicalsCo.

This second of a two-part lecture sequence by Ben West, creator of the new documentary musical series The Show Time! Trilogy, offers an exciting account of the American musical’s early African American authors. In the first three decades of the 20th century, against a backdrop of segregation, social discord, and rampant racism, emerged such seminal figures as Duke Ellington, Bert Williams, and Bob Cole. Rich in character and rooted in ragtime and jazz, the groundbreaking work of these African American innovators laid the foundation for both the American popular song and the American musical stage.

The first lecture in the sequence, “Diversity and the Birth of Broadway: Early Female Authors of the American Musical,” takes place on Wednesday, October 23, 2019.