Friday, September 15, 2017

North Shore Exec Responds to Evita Whitewashing Accusations, Says ‘Race Is Not Part of the Narrative’ - PLAYBILL

Originally published: September 13, 2017
Publisher: Playbill.com 

This is the third major production of the musical within a year to receive criticism for casting non-Latinx actors as the Argentinian political figures whose personas defined their nation on the world stage.

North Shore Music Theatre is the latest regional company to come under fire for casting non-Latinx actors in a production of the Andrew Lloyd Webber-Tim Rice musical Evita, a fast-paced dramatization of real-life Argentinian political leaders Eva and Juan Peron.

The theatre drew criticism on social media last week with the September 5 announcement that it had cast Briana Carlson-Goodman in the show’s starring role, with John Cudia as Juan Peron, Tony Award nominee Constantine Maroulis as Che, and Nick Adams as Magaldi.

None of the actors identify as being of Latinx descent.