Month: April 2021

A Lasting Legacy

Here is Episode Eighty Four of “An Inside Look” where I sit down with Harold Jefferson. We discuss the diverse cast of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, and it’s lasting legacy of racially diversifying film and the musical stage. Enjoy!Here is Episode Eighty Four of “An Inside Look” where I sit down with Harold Jefferson. We…

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2013 Cinderella: A Diversified Take on a Classic Fairytale

By Alexandra de Roziere, Megan Graziano, and Enrique Bradfield. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 2013 rendition of Cinderella attempts to revamp the classic tale into a relatable story in today’s society. Similar to the original production, Cinderella follows a young girl who lives with her stepmother and stepsisters after her father’s passing. Being the odd one out…

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The Clouds Between the Sun and Moon

A Discussion between Iris Tseng and Emily Leatherwood on the 2016 25th Anniversary Gala Performance of the West End Production of Miss Saigon written by Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg Content warning: mentions of sexual assault/coercion, war, racism Emily: So, I am so excited to dive into the wild ride that is Miss Saigon with…

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If Cinderella’s Shoe Fit, Why Did It Fall Off? and Other Questions About the Timeless Tale

By Natalie Stigall and Chloe Hodge We sat down and had a discussion on Cinderella (1997). Focusing mainly on the casting, we talked a lot about the importance of the diversity in this production, how unfortunately normalized white-centered stories are, and how this is harmful. Though this cast was diverse, was the story and the…

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Behind the White Curtain: A Look into Racial Representation in Miss Saigon.

Dialogue between Gabe Robles-Nieles and George Zhu. GZ: Today Gabe and I are going to be talking about one of the musicals that we watched in class titled Miss Saigon. The rendition that we watched was the 2014 West End Revival version which featured a more demographically appropriate casting of characters, addressing a few racist…

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Classical Rendition Meets Modern Ideals: Cinderella the 1997 Remake

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella, remade in 1997, was a groundbreaking musical performance that intertwined a conversation about the progression of diversity in musicals with an all time classic Disney fairytale. The musical stars many prominent figures such as the late Whitney Houston as Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Whoopi Goldbeerg as the Queen, and Brandy Norwood as…

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Miss Saigon: Asian Representation Manufactured by American Entertainment

A Dialogue between Tinah Le and Ella Smith: TL (Tinah Le): In this conversation, we will be discussing the 2017 Revival of Miss Saigon, starring Eva Noblezada and Alistair Brammer as Kim and Chris. The show was originally written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil. Mainly, we will focus on the representation of Vietnamese culture,…

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The Black Magic of The Wiz! Live

By: Amaya Allen and Hassatou Diallo The Black Magic of The Wiz! Live by Amaya Allen and Hassatou Diallo  The Wiz is considered to be a prized possession within the African American community as this is one of the first musicals to contain an all Black cast, African American linguistics, and musical elements. This production…

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Brandy’s Wearing the Glass Slippers: The Importance of Representation in Cinderella (1997)

First Broadcasted on ABC in 1997, “Cinderella,” was deemed revolutionary, as Brandy Norwood was casted as the first black actress to play the role of a Disney princess. It also starred the notable names of the late Whitney Houston, Whoopi Goldberg, and Bernadette Peters. The use of actors of color in a live action Disney…

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Representation of Race + Gender in Cinderella: A Step Forward or Back?

In this dialogue, THTR 3333 students Angelica Park and Braelee Albert hash out the intersections between race and feminism in the 1997 Disney production of Cinderella, featuring Brandy as Cinderella, Whitney Houston as the Fairy Godmother, Whoopi Goldberg as Queen Constantina. Adapted from the 1957 version featuring an all-white cast and Julie Andrews as Cinderella,…

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Miss Saigon: Why We’re More Obsessed with America than Anything Else

A dialogue between Sophie Cohen and Lexi Blakes Sophie: The 2014 West End production of Miss Saigon, originally composed by Claude-Michel Schönberg and written by Schönberg and Alain Boublil, was a successful revival of a well-known classic. However, the musical takes a more narrowed approach in describing Vietnamese life and culture than it should have.…

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Miss Saigon: Put Simply, Why?

Miss Saigon is a classic musical that has not only inspired multigenerational adoration, but also millions of dollars in revenues. So why is it that Chloee Spore and Star Matthew hate it so much (and, perhaps, why should you too?) Join us in conversation concerning why Miss Saigon was created, why it continues to be…

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Resolved? How West Side Story Uses Music and More to Display its Message. (Podcast Episode)

THTR 3333 students Kaicie Kidd and Stephen Angelakos discuss the 1961 film adaptation of Leonard Bernstein’s West Side Story. From music, to choreography, to even lighting design, this musical provides a great platform for discussing the topics of race and ethnicity in mid-20th century America. Maria and Tony stand worlds apart, but seem ultimately closer…

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“You Wouldn’t Stab a Child!”: A Discussion on Race, Gender, and Sexuality in Miss Saigon

A conversation between Paige Adams, Liv Donofrio, and Valerie Kraft on the 2014 revival of Miss Saigon. Liv Donofrio: Okay, so we’re here to talk about the 2014 West End Revival of Miss Saigon, written by Claude-Michel Schönberg and Alain Boublil, with lyrics by Boublil and Richard Maltby Jr., and produced by Cameron Mackintosh. We’re…

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