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Campus lecture focuses on black leading ladies

Released: 09/28/2004

The influence of some of the most popular and talented African-American women of musicals will be explored during a lecture on the LSU Alexandria campus Oct. 12. The Coffee and Culture lecture, sponsored by The Friends of the James C. Bolton Library, will be at 7 p.m. in the Coughlin Hall auditorium, with refreshments afterward in the library. The event is offered at no charge and is open to the public. “Black Leading Ladies of the Musical Stage and a Couple of Their Escorts” is the title of the lecture, presented by Dr. Jim Stacy, associate professor of theater. Participants will hear and see recordings from performances of the leading ladies, including Pearl Bailey, Lena Horne and Audra McDonald. Stacy also will highlight the works of composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E.W. Harburg, credited with paving the way for African-American women in musicals. The lecture will highlight such famous musicals as St. Louis Woman, House of Flowers and Jamaica. The Coffee and Culture lecture is the first of a series to be held on campus this semester.