Thursday, July 28, 2016

Diversity Questions Raised About Nascent ‘Prince of Egypt’ Musical - NEW YORK TIMES

by Michael Paulson 
Originally published: July 26, 2016
Publisher: NYTimes.com 

Concern about a lack of diversity dominated the Oscars this year. Pride about an unusually diverse theater season permeated the Tonys in June.

Now the issue has entangled an embryonic attempt by DreamWorks to adapt a popular animated film from 1998, “The Prince of Egypt,” into a stage musical.

The issue erupted on social media over the weekend, after a nonprofit on Long Island, the Bay Street Theater, announced plans to hold a free concert performance of the developing show next month in a park in Sag Harbor, N.Y. The event will be the first time the full script and score have been heard by the public.