Stormy Weather (1943) with Author Caseen Gaines » The Colonial Theatre

Stormy Weather (1943) with Author Caseen Gaines

Presented by Reads & Co.

Masking remains encouraged but optional.

Sign-up to receive updates about this and other events and films.

About

The Colonial Theatre and Reads & Company are thrilled to welcome back Caseen Gaines, author, director, educator, and popular culture historian to discuss his new book When Broadway was Black, which will accompany a screening of Andrew L. Stone’s 1943  film Stormy Weather, featuring cast members spotlighted in the book.

Books will be available for purchase during the event. 


ABOUT THE BOOK

If Hamilton, Rent, or West Side Story captured your heart, you’ll love this in-depth look into the rise of the 1921 Broadway hit, Shuffle Along, the first all-Black musical to succeed on Broadway. No one was sure if America was ready for a show featuring nuanced, thoughtful portrayals of Black characters— and the potential fallout was terrifying. But from the first jazzy, syncopated beats of composers Noble Sissle and Eubie Blake, New York audiences fell head over heels.

When Broadway Was Black is the story of how Sissle and Blake, along with comedians Flournoy Miller and Aubrey Lyles, overcame poverty, racism, and violence to harness the energy of the Harlem Renaissance and produce a runaway Broadway hit that launched the careers of many of the twentieth century’s most beloved Black performers.

Born in the shadow of slavery and establishing their careers at a time of increasing demands for racial justice and representation for people of color, they broke down innumerable barriers between Black and white communities at a crucial point in our history.
Author and pop culture expert Caseen Gaines leads readers through the glitz and glamour of New York City during the Roaring Twenties to reveal the revolutionary impact one show had on generations of Americans, and how its legacy continues to resonate today.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caseen Gaines is an author, director, educator, and popular culture historian.

His work has received praise from media outlets around the world including NPR (“impressively exhaustive . . . enthusiastic and thorough”), The Hollywood Reporter (“revealing”), Esquire (“fascinating”), and Publishers Weekly (“enthusiastically comprehensive”). His “muscular reporting” has been celebrated by several New York Times bestselling authors, including Michael Davis and Brian Jay Jones, who have found his work to be “deeply researched and engagingly written.”

Beyond his books, he has been published at Vanity Fair and New York Magazine — and has written original features for Rolling Stone, The A.V. Club, and Decider. He has also worked as a consultant and ghostwriter on several narrative nonfiction projects.

Gaines holds a Master’s Degree from Rutgers University in American Studies, where he focused on racial representations in popular culture. In addition to writing, he directs theater and teaches literature and writing, drama, journalism, and a course on race at a high school in New Jersey, where he lives. Visit him at caseengaines.com.

ABOUT THE FILM

Bill Williamson (Bill Robinson), a struggling performer, meets a beautiful vocalist named Selina Rogers (Lena Horne). Bill promises her that they will be together after he becomes a success. However, he and Selina both skyrocket to fame and lose contact. Fortunately, Bill just might get one more chance to woo Selina at a huge musical stage show. Popular entertainers of the 1940s, including Fats Waller and Cab Calloway, perform as themselves in the film.

“Plot doesn’t matter a hoot in this lively, likable picture.” – Philadelphia Inquirer

Information

  • Genre Drama
  • Director Andrew L. Stone
  • Released 1943
  • Runtime 1h 18m
  • Rated Passed
  • Studio FOX
  • CountryUnited States

Trailers

Stills

Plan Your Visit

The Colonial is in the heart of Phoenixville's walkable downtown amid retailers, craft brewers, and eateries.

Plan Your Visit

Member Benefits/Business Program

To participate in the Colonial Theatre's new business benefits partnership program for members, please complete and submit this form. We will email to confirm receipt and with any questions.
  • Accepted file types: jpg, gif, png, pdf, , Max. file size: 128 MB.
  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Screen Sponsorship Agreement

  • Tell Us About Yourself and Your Organization or Business

  • Slide Run

  • Max. file size: 128 MB.

Film and Event Sponsorship

General Help / Info

Need help with something? Use the form below to send us a message and someone from our staff will get back to you.

Make a Donation

Book A Private Film Screening

Please fill out this form to rent the Berry Theatre.
  • Please enter the information of the person who will act as contact for this rental.

  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    Please note: if only some of your guests would like popcorn, please submit the number of popcorns you would like in the "other" field.
  • Please note that when you book a private screening rental, you can choose to privately view one of the films screening at the Colonial that week.
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
    If your prefered date is unavailable, we will schedule your rental on this alternative date.

Volunteer Application

Become A Colonial Theatre Volunteer!
  • MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Required for volunteering.

Tell us about yourselves

How would you like to help your clients access the arts or utilize the arts (film, live) to amplify your mission?

Horror Bowl Lunch Form

  • Please list the order number associated with your Horror Bowl ticket(s).

Splatterfest X Lunch Order Form

  • Please list the order number associated with your Blobfest 2022 Ticket(s)