Sunday, August 28, 2016

In Chicago, the IN THE HEIGHTS Non-Latino Lead Continues to Stir Controversy

Porchlight Music Theatre’s
In The Heights cast
at a recent rehearsal.
Photo by Michelle Leatherby.
"What seems to be [Chicago's] Porchlight [Music Theatre]'s problem is that they are taking the universality of [Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical] Hamilton and trying to apply it to [his earlier musical] In The Heights. Heights is a universal story too, but told specifically through Latino voices. Trying to get to universality by skipping the specific voices misses the whole point. There is a reason why Heights was told with Latino voices in the first place." –Brian Herrera, Princeton University theater professor and author of the book Latin Numbers
Check out Raúl A. Reyes' article in NBC News regarding the latest on the casting controversy of the Porchlight Music Theatre upcoming production of the Lin-Manuel Miranda-Quiara Alegría Hudes musical In The Heights by clicking here.

[For more information about the controversy, click here.]

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