Current Exhibit

  

Musical theater in the U.S. has engaged with political topics from its early days. From George and Ira Gershwin’s Of Thee I Sing to Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton: An American Musical, the intersection between entertainment, politics, and patriotism presents an emotionally powerful combination for theatergoers. Some shows are overtly political, addressing social and cultural issues with a heavy hand and a strong message. Others have taken a lighter, more humorous approach to the peculiarities of America’s history and government. And some have been co-opted or taken on a significance that their authors never intended, due to contemporary events happening far from the lights of Broadway.  

 

In the exhibit, you will find a few questions that we would like YOU to think about.  In true democratic fashion, we hope you will offer your opinion and join the conversation. 

 

Hours:
Mon, Thurs, Fri: 10AM - 4PM
Tue & Wed: 10AM - 2PM 

 

An Exploration of Political Musicals:

  • Of Thee I Sing - George and Ira Gershwin
  • Camelot - Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
  • 1776 - Sherman Edwards and Peter Stone
  • 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue - Leonard Bernstein and Alan Jay Lerner
  • Hamilton: An American Musical - Lin-Manuel Miranda
  • Also includes: South Pacific, Allegiance, Cabaret, Hair, Dearest Enemy, Bloomer Girl

 

Political Themes and Topics:

  • Freedom of Speech
  • Racial Equality
  • Immigration
  • Women's Rights
  • Political Economy
  • Political Campaigns
  • Environmentalism
  • Bipartisanship
  • National Defense & War
  • Civil Rights
  • and more!