When many people think about what white supremacy looks like, they often picture a white person outfitted in swastikas, shouting racist, xenophobic, or anti-Semitic slurs. Such an image isn’t at all incorrect, but it’s actually a rather limited and narrow depiction of what constitutes white supremacy. …


Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton

The screen adaptation of Hamilton, the 2015 multi-award-winning musical is making its debut on Disney+ this weekend and by all means you should watch it. …


Broadway musicals can offer a revealing look into the ways that systemic racism permeates all aspects of our society

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With Black men and women being killed on a regular basis by police in this country, and massive nationwide protests calling for racial justice, this might be a strange time to talk about Broadway musicals. Seemingly frothy and purely escapist, musicals would appear to be the exact opposite of what…


Toward the beginning of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s multi-award-winning musical Hamilton, the Schuyler sisters are looking to go out and have a good time in New York, which they declare is “the greatest city in the world.” It’s not an original declaration to be sure, but in the musical, it’s a line…


Back in elementary and junior high school, I sat through a lot of school assemblies. I learned from Nancy Reagan not to do drugs. Smokey the Bear told me that only I can prevent forest fires. I was told not to smoke, and while I wasn’t taught abstinence, there was…


If you’re like me, you’ve spent part of your day pouring over the gorgeous photos of the 2019 Met Gala attendees decked out and draped in some of the most jaw-dropping and spectacular outfits of the year. From Katy Perry’s sparkling chandelier getup to Billy Porter’s wonderfully excessive Egyptian ensemble


Gregory Peck and Brock Peters in the 1962 film adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird.

“All rise!” shouts Scout Finch, the principal narrator of Aaron Sorkin’s new stage adaptation of the socially-minded To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s a command that demands something of us to be sure, but for what purpose and for whom are we supposed to “rise”? …

Warren Hoffman

Warren Hoffman is the author of The Great White Way: Race and the Broadway Musical and The Passing Game: Queering Jewish American Culture.

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