Sierra Boggess to play Maria in West Side Story in London

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Oh, no.
http://www.playbill.com/article/sierra-boggess-will-be-maria-in-west-side-story-concert
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I guess it's a concert, but like, did no one think about...like...race?

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RippedMan said: "I guess it's a concert, but like, did no one think about...like...race?"

No excuse. Kennedy Center earlier this year was also a concert, but they got it right. This is just idiotic, at best.

Updated On: 4/19/18 at 07:59 PM
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Will she be doing an accent?

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I hear that she’s freaking out about the attacks on social media. Expect a statement from her and from Royal Albert Hall. She’s dropping from the project.

I blame her manager for thinking this was a good deal for her.
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I adore her, but what on earth did she expect?
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Um...yikes.
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I get wanting to sing the songs, and I'm sure she'd sound lovely, but just do it in a cabaret setting. 

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I just decided to schedule my annual London visit so that I can see this.  Exciting news.  Ain't nothing wrong with Sierra as Maria.  Nothing at all.

 

 

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"Nothing wrong" except for the fact that Maria is specifically a Puerto Rican character, and Sierra Boggess is white. It's 2018.
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This was an accident waiting to happen
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I’m so sick of this bullsh*t. Why can people not get it through their heads that it’s not okay for minority stories to be told by non-minorities? It’s ridiculous. Cast people who are talented AND racially/ethnically appropriate for the roles. It’s not fu*king difficult. Shame on Sierra and shame on those who were involved in her getting the role.
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Yikes. She has publicly expressed regret over playing it the first time too, and made it clear that she knows she should not be playing non caucasian characters.

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i could maybe see her playing the character on like a studio cast recording but even that’s kind of iffy. is it that hard to cast her in appropriate roles? you wouldn’t think so.
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No. Absolutely not. Nope. No. Yikes.
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gypsy101 said: "i could maybe see her playing the character on like a studio cast recording but even that’s kind of iffy. is it that hard to cast her in appropriate roles? you wouldn’t think so."

More important question: is it that hard to cast a Latina in a role that's written...for a Latina?

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Didn't Jessica Vosk play Anita in like a couple of concert versions? I don't think Sierra is right for Maria at all, but shouldn't we also be reacting the same way to other performers who do similar things?

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Question. Such outrage over this. Why was never any outrage over the many non Latinas that played Mimi in “Rent”?
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broadwayboy223 said: "Didn't Jessica Vosk play Anita in like a couple of concert versions? I don't think Sierra is right for Maria at all, but shouldn't we also be reacting the same way to other performers who do similar things?"

I thought I saw on Twitter that she said she had Hispanic heritage. I could be wrong, but that sounds familiar to me. If not, then shame on that team, as well.

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Might as well cast a white Celie or a white Kim. This is B A D.

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JBradshaw said: "Question. Such outrage over this. Why was never any outrage over the many non Latinas that played Mimi in “Rent”?"



I remember people raising their eyebrows quite a bit when Kerry Ellis was cast as Mimi in the British RENT 20th anniversary concert.

Regardless, nice attempt at deflecting the issue.

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Updated On: 4/19/18 at 10:34 PM
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And I believe Maria in Prince of Broadway was played a white woman. 

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Prince of broadway was differnt though, they all played like 80 other roles.
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