Lights, Camera, Action!

Musical theatre was very segregated. Black people could not engage in it as much as whites because of the racial segregation. White people then started to do “black face”. This is when the whites started to paint there faces black or brown to be portrayed as a black person which is highly unacceptable.

Originally, blacks performed in musical theater as way to mock ourselves and entertain white people, but at time progressed that began to change. Black began to make musical theater into there own, and since then many black broadway productions has created so many memorable musicals, such as Dreamgirls, The Wiz, and Sparkle.