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SPOTLIGHT: Black Broadway by Photojournalist Lisa Pacino

SPOTLIGHT: Black Broadway: African Americans on the Great White Way book complied by Square One Publishers, New York; author Stewart F. Lane; foreword by Tony Award winning director Kenny Leon. Photography contributions by Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, New York.

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Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Broadway’s The Trip To Bountiful, New York, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Broadway’s The Trip To Bountiful, New York, 2013. As seen on Eyewitness News, WABC-TV New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Vanessa Williams, Cicely Tyson, and Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Broadway’s The Trip To Bountiful, New York, 2013. As appears in book. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Cicely Tyson at Sardi’s, New York, 2013. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Cicely Tyson at Sardi’s, New York, 2013. As seen on Eyewitness News, WABC-TV New York. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Cicely Tyson at Sardi’s, New York, 2013. As appears in book. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winning producer Stewart F. Lane, Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams, and and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps, Barnes and Noble, New York, February 25, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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“Image of the Day”: Tony Award winning producer Stewart F. Lane, Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams, and and acclaimed director Sheldon Epps, Barnes and Noble, New York, February 25, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

 Shelf Awareness Pro is a daily e-newsletter in the publishing industry that reaches upwards of 60,000+ bookstore owners/managers per day. Above for Friday, February 27, 2015 “IMAGE OF THE DAY” by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY ©.

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George C. Wolfe in the Theatre District, New York, 2013. As appears in book. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Book Overview From Amazon (Square One Publishers; date: February 2, 2015)
The African-American actors and actresses whose names have shone brightly on Broadway marquees earned their place in history not only through hard work, perseverance, and talent, but also because of the legacy left by those who came before them. Like the doors of many professions, those of the theater world were shut to minorities for decades. While the Civil War may have freed the slaves, it was not until the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s that the playing field began to level. In this remarkable book, theater producer and historian Stewart F. Lane uses words and pictures to capture this tumultuous century and to highlight the rocky road that black actors have traveled to reach recognition on the Great White Way.
After the Civil War, the popularity of the minstrel shows grew by leaps and bounds throughout the country. African Americans were portrayed by whites, who would entertain audiences in black face. While the depiction of blacks was highly demeaning, it opened the door to African-American performers, and by the late 1800s, a number of them were playing to full houses. By the 1920s, the Jazz Age was in full swing, allowing black musicians and composers to reach wider audiences. And in the thirties, musicals such as George Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess and Eubie Blake’s Swing It opened the door a little wider.
As the years passed, black performers continued to gain ground. In the 1940s, Broadway productions of Cabin in the Sky, Carmen Jones, and St. Louis Woman enabled African Americans to demonstrate a fuller range of talents, and Paul Robeson reached national prominence in his awarding-winning portrayal of Othello. By the 1950s and 1960s, more black actors—including Ruby Dee, Ossie Davis, and Sidney Poitier—had found their voices on stage, and black playwrights and directors had begun to make their marks.
Black Broadway provides an entertaining, poignant history of a Broadway of which few are aware. By focusing a spotlight on both performers long forgotten and on those whom we still hold dear, this unique book offers a story well worth telling.

Barnes and Noble, 86th Street, New York, Book Signing February 25, 2015. All Photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, New York.

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Sheldon Epps and Stewart F. Lane. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Sarah Hutton (Shubert Organization), Susan Lee (Nederlander Organization), David Wengrod (Group 1200 Media). Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Actor Douglas Denoff known for his Theatre work, Broadway work, and TV’s Hawaii Five-O in 1968 & Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman in 1969, both as a TV child star. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Director Sheldon Epps and Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Actor Charles Turner. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

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Tony Award winner Leslie Uggams autograph in book.

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Black Broadway Book, 2015. Photograph by Lisa Pacino.

Please see the video from Eyewitness News WABC-TV New York to view some of Lisa Pacino’s photographs in the book:

http://7online.com/523626/

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All Photographs by Celebrity Photojournalist Lisa Pacino of Under The Duvet Productions, NY. All Rights Reserved.

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