To celebrate Black History Month, Playbill's social media team has put together a series of bite-sized Black Theatre facts, highlighting the industry's Black movers, shakers, and groundbreakers. The short videos, presented by Social Media Coordinator Alaina Newell, are appearing throughout the month on Instagram and TikTok, but if you're not a social media maven, fret not! We've collected the first half of the series for you here.
Follow along below for minute-long primers on Clorindy, the first Broadway musical with an all-Black cast; early 20th century actor Charles S. Gilpin; Pearl Bailey's Hello, Dolly!; Juanita Hall, the first African-American to win a Tony; living legend Irene Gandy, Broadway producer and press agent; and the Negro Actors Guild.
@playbill #BHM’s bite-sized Black Theatre fact: Charles Gilpin. #playbill #theatretok #blackhistory #fypシ #broadway ♬ original sound - playbill
@playbill #BHM's bite-sized Black Theatre fact: Juanita Hall. #playbill #theatretok #blackticktok #fyp #broadway #blackhistory ♬ FEEL THE GROOVE - Queens Road, Fabian Graetz