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Programme - 'The Black and White Minstrel Show', Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, 1962 Document Reg. No: HT 25466

Summary:
Theatre programme for 'The Black and White Minstrel Show' shown at Tivoli Theatre in Melbourne. This musical was performed in Melbourne on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays and holidays for 239 performances in 1962, offering matinee shows at 2pm and evening shows at 8.15pm. The musical was based on a BBC TV series of the same name that won various awards, including the 1961 Golden Rose of Monteux and the International Press Critics Award. It was brought to Australia by Tivoli Circuit Australia Pty Ltd, in association with Aztec Services Pty Ltd and Robert Luff of London.
Description:
Soft cover programme book comprising 33 pages, including front and back cover. It is held together with two side staples. The back and front cover are coloured; its interior pages are black and white. The front cover has a picture of a black minstrel's face with white lips, wearing white gloves and a top hat. The back cover has an full-page advertisement for the Cornelius brand of fur clothing. The programme contains half programme information and half advertisements.
Discipline: History
Dimensions: 225 mm (Height), 136 mm (Width)

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Tagged with: programmes, theatre, theatrical performances, racism, race relations, musicals, variety performances, cultural stereotypes
Themes this item is part of: Cultural Diversity Collection, Leisure Collection, Identity: Yours, Mine, Ours, Immigration Museum Exhibition, 2011-2021, Objects & Cultural Stereotypes in Museum Victoria Collections
Primary Classification: CULTURAL IDENTITY
Secondary Classification: Ethnicity
Tertiary Classification: stereotypes
Inscriptions: Text, front cover: London's Fastest & Most Spectacular Musical / The Black and White Minstrel Show / Tivoli
Distributor: Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1962
Place & Date of Event: Tivoli Theatre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, 1962
References: Mahar, William J. (1998) Behind the Burnt Cork Mask: Early Blackface Minstrelsy and Antebellum American Popular Culture by University of Illinois Press.
Toll, Robert C. (1974), Blacking Up: The Minstrel Show in Nineteenth-century America, New York: Oxford University Press.
Jackson, Ronald L., II (2006), Scripting the Black Masculine Body: Identity, Discourse, and Racial Politics in Popular Media, Albany: State University of New York
Foley, Gary (2001) Black Power in Redfern 1968-1972. http://www.kooriweb.org/foley/essays/essay_1.html 5 October.

Comments

Harry Currie Posted on 17 Feb 2011 2:24 PM
Our normal week's performances were evening shows from Monday through Saturday, with matinees on Wednesday and Saturday. During the holiday season we performed matinees every day. Don't know where someone could have found erroneous information. As well, we were in Melbourne for 47 weeks, 41 of which were 8 shows a week, 6 were 12 shows a week, making a total of 400 shows, give or take a few.

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