minstrel show


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minstrel show

n.
A comic variety show of the 1800s and early 1900s, usually featuring white actors in blackface.

minstrel show

n
(Theatre) a theatrical entertainment consisting of songs, dances, comic turns, etc, performed by a troupe of actors wearing black face make-up

min′strel show`


n.
a theatrical entertainment of the 19th and early 20th centuries, usu. performed by whites in blackface.

minstrel show

A nineteenth-century farcical US show consisting of impersonations of blacks by white musicians using blackface make-up.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.minstrel show - a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokesminstrel show - a troupe of performers in blackface typically giving a comic program of negro songs and jokes
troupe, company - organization of performers and associated personnel (especially theatrical); "the traveling company all stayed at the same hotel"
corner man, end man - a man at one end of line of performers in a minstrel show; carries on humorous dialogue with the interlocutor
interlocutor, middleman - the performer in the middle of a minstrel line who engages the others in talk
minstrel - a performer in a minstrel show
2.minstrel show - a variety show in which the performers are made up in blackface
variety show, variety - a show consisting of a series of short unrelated performances
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The first of all the negro minstrel shows came to town, and made a sensation.
The Black and White Minstrel Show was cancelled 41 years ago because it was racist.
Brian Davies, 62, dressed in a costume from 1950s TV programme The Black and White Minstrel Show.
1969: The Black And White Minstrel Show, at London's Victoria Palace, closed after 4,354 performances in seven years.
History Scene, that the minstrel show format was born a decade later when a theater troupe called the Virginia Minstrels performed in New York City in 1842--"a full night of blackface entertainment featuring black political mimicry, exaggerated African inspired plantation dances, and dialect songs."
During the "performance" Davies sang songs such as Swanee, Mammy, and Old Man River from the controversial 1960s and '70s television programme The Black and White Minstrel Show.
Brian Davies, 62, was filmed dancing and singing songs at the Coopers Carvery, Cardiff, while his face was blackened to resemble performers on TV's controversial Black and White Minstrel Show.
Playwright and actor Michael McFall will stage a world premiere of his original play, "Hollywood Minstrel show: The Hollywood Africans," June 1, 8, 15, 16 & 22, 2018, at the Complex Hollywood Dorie Theatre in Hollywood, California.
IT IS not so long ago the TV institution that was the "George Mitchell's Black and White Minstrel Show" commanded audiences of 21million.
Instead, they supported independence or annexation of Lower Canada [today the province of Quebec] to the United States.) From 1866 to 1873, Lavallee returned to the minstrel show circuit, travelling widely throughout North America with the New Orleans Minstrels, the San Francisco Minstrels, and the Morris Brothers' Minstrels (chapter 3).
I sometimes think that I'd like to sit my own kids down in front of the telly for an evening of 1970s episodes of The Black and White Minstrel Show and Love Thy Neighbour.
He has no interest in joining a minstrel show where a white audience expects him to "coon it up." When a club owner in his tenement neighborhood of Manhattan offers him the opportunity, Juba choreographs a show featuring local dancers.