Episode 5: Cole Porter & The Queers That Invented Broadway

Episode 5: Cole Porter & The Queers That Invented Broadway

From its earliest days, the Broadway Musical has to a very large degree, been a Queer creation. In this episode David Armstrong shares the fascinating stories of early queer producing and life partners Charles Frohman and Charles Dillingham; the first great gay director Hassard Short; drag superstars Julian Eltinge & Bert Savoy; the “Pansy Craze”; and the delightful, delicious and delovely Cole Porter!

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

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

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.

Episode 3 – Bob Cole & The African-Americans That Invented Broadway

Episode 3 – Bob Cole & The African-Americans That Invented Broadway

African-American theater artists played a much larger role in the creation of the Broadway Musical than is generally acknowledged — including an entire decade of nearly forgotten hit shows and songs! In this episode we will rediscover the early history of Black Broadway, and the amazingly multi-talented men and women whose legacy still inspires Broadway today,

Pin It on Pinterest