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Ethiopian Serenaders, sheet music from 1843. .Stewart Lane writes: “Despite its exotic name, the group …was composed of white men performing in blackface. When the company tried to avoid the offensive stereotypes common in other minstrel shows, American audiences found the act too tame, and the Serenaders moved to England, where they were better appreciated.”

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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