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For fans of Hidden Figures and Something Wonderful, Footnotes is the story of New York in the Roaring 20s and the very first Broadway show with an all-Black cast and creative team to succeed - and the indelible mark left on our popular culture.

These pioneering performer and the creators (composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle) sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen with West Side Story, Black Panther, and, of course, Hamilton. Importantly, this book illuminates the ways in which Black people in America have attained success amidst a culture actively whitewashing, controlling, or completely preventing their stories from being told.

©2021 Caseen Gaines (P)2021 Blackstone Publishing

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  • James Savakis
  • 2021-08-27

Wonderfully written and thoroughly researched!

Recommended to me by a friend, I was so surprised with how much I enjoyed this wonderfully written and thoroughly researched book. As a high school art teacher, I work very closely with our theatre department every year, painting sets and props for our fall play and spring musical. I like to think I know a thing or two about Broadway, but I knew absolutely nothing about the show, Shuffle Along, or the amazing black men and women who are credited with its creation and success.

The release of this book is perfectly timed for anyone who has a deep love and respect for theatre, an interest in history and a desire to learn about the incredibly talented black men and women in the industry who broke down barriers and overcame incredible odds. All of Broadway owes so much to what the people involved with this show were able to do. I have recommended this book to several of my performing arts loving family, friends, colleagues and students and will continue to!

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  • 2021-08-10

Great book! Great reading by the author.

Loved it! Great history lesson of the stuggle of talented black artists of the early 20th century working to bring their talents to stage when the only talents on stage at the time..were white. Very interesting real life story! The narrator/author was excellent! Totally recommend it!!!

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  • Hazel
  • 2021-07-01

Important & timely

As a professor of theatre history, I heartily endorse Gaines's work & hope for more.