Political Correctness Kills A Broadway Show, Happy Now?
by Gary Polland on August 22, 2017 at 2:01 PM
This is a little different subject matter for Texas Conservative Review, but it is instructive as to the corrosive effect of political correctness. The musical with 12 Tony Award nominations, including Best Musical was Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812. The show originally starred Josh Groban, which was a big draw and it had a large diverse cast with a unique set.
So here is where PC comes in and destroys the show. After Josh Groban left on July 3, 2017, the producers cast a Hamilton veteran Okieriete Onaodowan (who happens to be a black actor) to fill the title role for 9 weeks. The box office plummeted, so the producers, with the actor's okay, agreed to cut off his role after 6 weeks and hired Broadway and television star Mandy Patinkin (white) to take his place, which would return sold out crowds to the theater. BUT the decision sparked anger from some in the Broadway community. They said it was "racially motivated" so Patinkin dropped out and then Onaodowan dropped out effective August 13, 2017.
Anyone who knows the economics of New York theater understands star power and the box office.
So, the issue was economics, not race. PC instead killed a fine show and caused hundreds of multiracial theater professionals to be laid off. Are the PC's happy now?