Episode 4: Eubie Blake & The African-Americans That Invented Broadway

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The 1920’s brought the second great era of musicals that were written by, staged by, and starring African-American theater artists to Broadway. In this episode I profile these brilliant creators and stars including Eubie Blake & Noble Sissle, Flournoy Miller & Aurbry Lyles, Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, and their musicals — “Shuffle Along”, “Runnin’ Wild”, “Blackbirds of 1929”, “Hot Chocolates” and more. It also includes a brief history of that great African-American/Irish-American co-creation — Tap Dancing.

And featuring music by The Paragon Ragtime Orchestra — for more music from this era check out their terrific “Black Manhattan” series of recordings.


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