SONGS OF SOCIAL SIGNIFICANCE
At the height of the Great Depression, the International Ladies Garment Workers Union took to the stage demanding “Sing me a song with social significance,” in the Broadway musical revue Pins and Needles. Taking its cue in the surprise hit, this exhibition highlights moments when theatre aspired to be more than entertainment. From conditions in New York City sweatshops, to corruption in post-World War I Berlin, and racial violence in the Jim Crow South, musicals and plays have addressed major societal issues of modern life.
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This exhibition was organized by the McNay Art Museum and is a program of the Tobin Theatre Arts Fund.