Newswire: Mandy Patinkin immediately drops out of play over diversity concerns

According to Variety, Mandy Patinkin has dropped out of the Broadway show Natasha, Pierre And The Great Comet Of 1812 just days after joining the cast. Patinkin was brought in to replace Hamilton actor Okieriete Onaodowan, but it sounds like Onaodowan’s time on the show was actually purposefully cut short by the producers so they could make room for Patinkin, who happens to be a bigger name and—as many critics of the move have been quick to point out—a white guy. As the Variety story puts it, some people saw this as “an expression of disrespect for an African-American actor in favor of a white actor.”

After hearing about all of this, Patinkin decided to drop out of the show entirely and shared his thoughts on the matter on Twitter:

My understanding of the show’s request that I step into the show is not as it …

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