The idea that this was a decision based on race really seems primed to backfire. This is a show that represents the ideal of how casting should be, and that's been a guiding principle of Malloy and Chavkin from the start (and permeates most of their creative work as a whole). Great Comet gives performers of all backgrounds an equal opportunity- and now, with Patinkin, it seems this vision expands into age as well as race, and hopefully we will see it expand further and include trans or ge
Dancingthrulife2 said: " Moreover, Mandy's only got four weeks' time of rehearsal for a role that requires a very nuanced, intricate understanding of the character, the show, and the book; there's just so much in Malloy's and Tolstoy's writing that takes time to digest. I'm not questioning Mandy's ability as an actor, but it's unfair for him, as well as the audience, to undertake a role in four weeks that other actors take months to prepare.<
While it is unfortunate Oak will not be able to close out his run in performance, he at least will be getting full compensation for that time. There's no evidence to suggest he is being forced out because the producers are unhappy with his performance or because of some just cause for termination. As trpguyy has repeatedly said, this is purely a moneymaking decision. Perhaps advance ticket sales for the coming weeks aren't good- perhaps any immediate bump from the Tonys and summer tou
I'm not surprised Riedel neglected to mention Bastard Jones... even though it wrapped up its run just two weeks ago or so and received positive reviews. It featured some really fantastic performances, too, that deserve to be seen.
This idea sounds... so stupid. A one-joke show, essentially.
Also: shame on BWW for just summarizing the Riedel article without mentioning Bastard Jones. You're a theatre site. Do better.