The UK spokesman for the International Al Jolson Society, Reg Reeves, said it was best to leave out a full blackface scene.
There was no problem at all when Jolson was performing. But we live in an age of political correctness where people seem to get upset about most things.
A new production of Jolson & Co - The Musical is causing eyebrows to be raised - not because it is offensive, but because it may be too politically correct. Al Jolson singing My Mammy in The Jazz Singer made headlines because it was the first talking picture - not because Jolson had black greasepaint on his face.
During that time white performers regularly "darkened up" when playing in minstrel shows.
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