This rousing tour through the golden era of American musicals showcased the stars who gave voice and vision to the Broadway and Hollywood tradition over the past 100 years. Named for Cole Porter’s 1936 hit, Red, Hot and Blue recreated the diverse ethnic and cultural influences that formed this unique American art form. Through video, photographs, posters and biographies the exhibition highlighted the showmanship of stage luminaries such as Al Jolson, Ethel Merman, Judy Garland, Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, as well as such lyricists as Bucks County’s Oscar Hammerstein II.
Red, Hot & Blue: A Salute to American Musicalswas developed and organized by the National Portrait Gallery, the National Museum of American History, and the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service. The exhibition has been made possible, in part, through the generous support of Turner Classic Movies.