West Side Story Uk Tour Cast Announced
Posted 30 June 2013 - 05:43 PM
Find it odd people are up in arms all of a sudden
Posted 30 June 2013 - 08:44 PM
Yes, that is a problem, but it's a problem with the directing, not with the role, and it's not the problem as you originally stated it, which was...
I'm not saying that it's not harder for non-white performers to get work. I'm saying that you can't point the finger at the shows themselves.
Posted 30 June 2013 - 11:25 PM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 12:36 AM
In West Side Story the script explicitly mentiones it: The Sharks are definitely Puerto Rican, it's addressed lots and lots of times, they comment on how the 'Americans' aren't 'truly' Americans but Polish and criticise their own status as 'foreigners' and how 'one look' at them will make people 'judge twice'. National and ethnical identity are issues.
They could be martians in the script, but they are not going to be martians, or Puerto Rican, in the UK unless you happen to have a top, top soprano, who can sing ,act and dance it, who is Puerto Rican. And if you do go for someone weaker who is Puerto Rican , whats the point if the rest of the gang are not? We have already arguably gone too far currently with the idea that Americans can best act Americans. While elsewhere we have stretched colour blindness to the maximum - making different generations of the same family different races with both parents seen on stage. . There's very few roles left that actually logically call for any particular race, and even there some producers have gone for the totally colour blind approach - even if some of the audience have found it strange. There may be an issue with who gets the jobs, but thats probably a much wider issue with other factors , like accents,or drama school entry and degree , involved too.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:48 AM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 08:54 AM
Two examples where it worked:
Clarke Peters playing Sky in Guys and Dolls at the National.
Clive Rowe playing Enoch Snow in Carousel again at the National. There were gasps from the audience when he made his entrance.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:14 AM
The fact that youre saying 'latinos' and not specifiying Puerto Ricans says a lot. Basically generalising a whole continent as one, effectively saying any old person from the region will do.
Posted 01 July 2013 - 09:31 AM
Posted 01 July 2013 - 10:04 AM
Correct me if i'm wrong but wasn't there a furore a few years back about having a black Javert in Les Mis?
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