THE HISTORY MYSTERY
Music by Eric Rockwell
Lyrics by Margaret Rose
Book by Janine Nina Trevens
THE HISTORY MYSTERY is an adventure that begins in the library, with modern-day students complaining about having to study. They're convinced that history is a boring subject, and they gripe about having to learn about “old white men.” Their eyes will be opened when they travel back in time!
Not only do they meet some of those “old white men” they'd dismissed, they're reminded that without them, we'd have no airplanes or electricity. The time-travelers then get caught up in three historical events where America failed to live up to its promise of liberty and justice for all. In 1898, they see women marching for the right to vote; a right that wouldn't be secured until the 19th Amendment was passed in 1920. They then witness the cruelty of Jim Crow laws that democrats had established in the south. In another place and time, they see the injustice of FDR's Japanese internment camps. When they return to the present, they are more aware, more thoughtful, and more informed. They've come to see that history....all of it...is our story!
"The musical's creators have found numerous opportunities to jazz up history."
~The New York Times