Footnotes

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What to expect

For readers of Hidden Figures and Something Wonderful, Footnotes is the story of New York in the roaring twenties and the very first Broadway show with an all-Black cast and creative team to succeed―and the indelible mark left on our popular culture.

These pioneering performers and the creators (composer Eubie Blake and lyricist Noble Sissle) sowed the seeds of the Harlem jazz scene and paved the way for people of color on stage and screen with West Side Story, Black Panther, and of course, Hamilton. Importantly, this audiobook illuminates the ways in which Black people in America have attained success amidst a culture actively whitewashing, controlling, or completely preventing their stories from being told.

Critics Review

  • “A celebration of a groundbreaking musical that stands as a landmark in Black American cultural history.”

    Kirkus Reviews
  • “[A] well-researched compilation of behind-the-scenes stories and background…Their work resulted in monumental gains for many Black performers.”

    Library Journal
  • “Evocative and illuminating, Footnotes is an excellent addition to the canon of musical theater history. 

    Booklist
  • “Vividly brings a colorful era to life.”

    Brian Jay Jones, author of Jim Henson: The Biography
  • “A story of humans at once talented, flawed, courageous, blinkered, and visionary…[and] the role African Americans have played and continue to play in stage history.”

    Glen Berger, Emmy Award–winner and author of Song of Spider-Man
  • “A story that is absolutely vital to both the past and future of the theater.”

    Rachel Chavkin, Tony Award–winning director of Hadestown

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