Raymond.O Arsenault, Ph.D
Gerald A Notaro, M.L.S.
Lisa S. Starks, Ph.D.
University of South Florida St. Petersburg
While the minority musicals ofRodgers and Hammerstein use the music and dance traditions of the American musical, they are less successful in their attempts to transcend the racism inherent in the traditions of popular musicals and films. Some musicals are of particular interest to me because they deal with attempts to integrate people of Asian extraction into the mainstream of American popular culture. As a result, the musicals of Rodgers and Hammerstein emerge as a blend of awareness of racism and often unconscious use of racist conventions.
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