Whitewashing backlash shuts down Australian production of Lin-Manuel Miranda play
An Australian production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway musical In the Heights has been cancelled, after severe backlash over the company’s whitewashing of a cast of Latinx characters.
The Hamilton creator’s Tony Award-winning musical celebrates Latin-American culture in Miranda’s own New York neighbourhood of Washington Heights, with a full cast of characters for Latinx performers.
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However, a Queensland company fell short here, with a recent Brisbane production of the musical sparking outrage about the number of white performers, including the casting of the show’s lead character,