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Author Fleming, Tyler, author.

Title Opposing apartheid on stage : King Kong the musical / Tyler Fleming
Published New York, NY, USA : University of Rochester Press, 2020


Description 1 online resource (456 pages)
Series Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora
Rochester studies in African history and the diaspora.
Contents Introduction; "Marvelous Muscles": A History of Ezekiel Dlamini, the Real "King Kong"; Creating a "Back of the Moon": The Union of Southern African Artists and Interracial Collaboration Behind the "All-African" Musical; "Quickly in Love": Popular Receptions of 1959 King Kong and Entertaining the Possibilities of a Different South Africa(s); "Kwela Kong": The Trials and Tribulations of a South African Musical Abroad in 1961; "Sad Times, Bad Times": Issues of Exile, the King Kong Cast, and South African Jazz in Britain, 1961-1980; "The Boy's [and Girl's] Doin' It":Moving to America and Re-Discovering Africa, 1960-1989; "Death Song": The 1979 Remake of King Kong And the Power of Cultural Memories Under Apartheid; Bibliography
Summary In 1959, King Kong, an interracial jazz opera, swept across South Africa and became a countrywide phenomenon. Its performances sold out, its LP record was widely heard, and its cast became recognized celebrities. Featuring an African composer, cast, and orchestra but predominantly white directors and producers, this interracial production seemed completely distinct from any other theatrical production in the country's history. Despite being staged over a decade after the enacting of apartheid, the interracial collaboration met widespread and acclaim that bridged South Africa's racial, political, ethnic, and class fissures. Widely considered a watershed moment within the history of South African theater and music, the King Kong musical encapsulated key currents with South African cultural history. Author Tyler Fleming's gripping narrative unpacks the life of the musical, from the emergence of the heavyweight boxer "King Kong" Dlamini to the behind-the-scenes dynamics of rehearsals to the musical's 1961 tour of Britain and the later experience of cast members living in exile for their opposition to apartheid. Opposing Apartheid on Stage: "King Kong" the Musical explores the history of this jazz opera and its enduring legacy in both South African cultural history and global popular culture
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
SUBJECT King Kong the musical
Subject Musical theater -- Social aspects -- South Africa
Racism and the arts -- South Africa
HISTORY / Africa / South / Republic of South Africa.
Racism and the arts
South Africa
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781787446564