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In Dahomey was the first full-length African American production to play in a Broadway theater (Cook’s Clorindy, or The Origins of the Cakewalk premiered at a roof top garden and was more a series of vignettes than a full musical). The plot of In Dahomey follows two shysters who work for an African Colonization Society to bilk poor African Americans out of their savings by selling them certificates of membership and tickets to a new colony in the nation of Dahomey, now Benin.
This musical not only marks the first Black-run production to be performed for largely White audiences, but it marks the beginning of a long-running tradition in communities of color of performing humorous satires about race and class for their people under the guise of tom-fooling for White people. 

In Dahomey was the first full-length African American production to play in a Broadway theater (Cook’s Clorindy, or The Origins of the Cakewalk premiered at a roof top garden and was more a series of vignettes than a full musical). The plot of In Dahomey follows two shysters who work for an African Colonization Society to bilk poor African Americans out of their savings by selling them certificates of membership and tickets to a new colony in the nation of Dahomey, now Benin.

This musical not only marks the first Black-run production to be performed for largely White audiences, but it marks the beginning of a long-running tradition in communities of color of performing humorous satires about race and class for their people under the guise of tom-fooling for White people. 

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