Does anyone know if Daniel Koek or anyone else in the current Les Miserables Company is going to be leaving? I heard Daniel's contract was on;y through October.
thanks for any help you can provide.
Not sure about Daniel Koek but the proper Les Mis cast change usually takes place in June so most cast members are only a few months into their contracts at this point. That said, there's always the possibility of some principals not doing a full-year run (it has become more frequent over the past years especially with Valjeans) but I don't think anything has been announced yet.
Well, including The Good Person of Szechwan in that argument is missing the entire point of Brecht. And it isn't really about nationality, it's about ethnic minorities that have roles specifically written for them (aka that aren't White Europeans or White Northern Americans etc.) and are then exluded from those roles. And sadly it's also about the age-old 'maybe they just cast the best person for the job' straw argument which is ignoring the reality of bias and institutionalised racism.
musicals fan, on 15 September 2013 - 06:55 AM, said:
I dread full ethnic and / or national casting - Hamlet cast for Danes only? Macbeth for Scottish actors only? Opera still blithely ignores ethnic considerations and concentrates on singing and star quality thank goodness. Drama is meant to be Universal and say something about the human condition - not propaganda for any particular brand of politics.
Yes, drama is meant to be universal. And not just limited to white performers who even get to play roles that were not written for them. I don't understand why you would dread full ethnic casting when it is done right. Plus, the issues we raised were not so much with the London cast but rather with the casting for the upcoming tour.
You can usually hide them very well with stage make-up when they don't fit the role so it's not too much of an issue. A good example is Sergei Polunin (ballet dancer, used to be with the Royal Ballet before he famously walked out) who has got loads of tattoos which are usually covered up when he's performing.