Musicals present history in fun, different ways

It’s pretty well established that Broadway’s primary function is to entertain. However, many Broadway shows are reaching beyond that and finding ways to not only entertain audiences, but also to educate them as well. Broadway musicals have the fantastic ability to present history with a catchy tune that makes it more engaging and interesting to young and old audiences alike, and give us all an interesting look at some of the events that have shaped this great country of ours.

Of course, live theater isn’t in the business of documentaries, so its historical shows always come with a taste of fantasy. For example, in the 1998 musical “Ragtime,” we see the story of fictional characters representing average, everyday Americans portrayed in the presence of historical giants. Characters such as Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington and J.P. Morgan play integral roles in this drama, and events such as the

Article source: http://www.cw.ua.edu/article/2015/03/musicals-present-history-in-fun-different-ways

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