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.
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
- Women's Rights
- Political Economy
- Political Campaigns
- National Defense & War
- Civil Rights
- and more!