Before black people started to perform in musicals, they were mocked by white performers and the shows were called “coon songs”. In 1898, Will Marion Cook and Bob Cole made the first black written playwright on broadway. In 1915, Scott Joplin, ragtime composer, tried to produce a Broadway show but it failed because of financial reasons.

Some famous Broadway musicals include “The Wiz”, “Rasin in the Sun”, and more 20th century popular “Dream Girls”