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    MsMojo put out a video outlining the top 10 Broadway behind-the-scenes controversies. Here’s the list:

    1. Rebecca: The Musical’s fraudulent investors
    2. Scott Rudin’s abusive behavior
    3. The Great Comet’s Okieriete Onadowan-Mandy Patinkin casting fiasco
    4. Jonathan Pryce’s casting in Miss Saigon
    5. Jagged Little Pill’s nonbinary erasure and backstage mistreatment of cast members
    6. Jesus Christ Superstar upsetting religious groups
    7. Patti LuPone’s lawsuit against Andrew Lloyd Webber over Sunset Boulevard
    8. The political and social messages of Hair
    9. Hamilton’s depiction of slavery
    10. Beetlejuice being forced to close to make way for The Music Man

    Here’s the full video for greater context. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz0VCChEIeo

    Any controversies you feel they missed? I’m stunned they mentioned NOTHING about Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark, particularly the numerous injuries that happened with that show, as that story gained national attention in ways that most Broadway shows don’t.

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    I’m surprised they didn’t include any honorable mentions. They could’ve mentioned the controversy surrounding the most recent Broadway revival of Porgy & Bess. Stephen Sondheim wrote a letter to the New York Times with his comments on the revisions that were being made to the Gershwin’s classic opera.
    https://www.playbill.com/article/stephen-sondheim-comments-on-broadway-bound-porgy-and-bess-revisions-com-181671

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    Another one I’m surprised they didn’t mention is the recent West Side Story revival, with all the controversies that ensued not only from Amar Ramasar’s casting, but the changes to the choreography as well as the cutting of “I Feel Pretty”. I know Stephen Sondheim himself hates that song and asked for it to be cut, but a lot of West Side Story fans love that song and viewed the cut as a slap in the face.

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    To be fair, audiences who liked the production felt the show worked very well without an intermission and the stuff that was cut didn’t feel missing. I actually saw a bootleg of the revival, and I honestly didn’t have a problem with the choreography nor edits at all. The latter aspect in particular, I thought worked for what they were going for by having the musical run without an intermission (especially since the story is set over the course of two days). I’ve heard Shereen Pimentel talk about in an interview with CBS This Morning‘s podcast that it would’ve been weird to go straight from ‘The Rumble’ right into a joyful number like ‘I Feel Pretty’, which I actually agree with. I don’t know if there were ever any plans for a cast recording, but had they got to do one, I wonder if they would’ve included Shereen’s rendition of ‘I Feel Pretty’ as a bonus track. Although Stephen Sondheim is not the only one who hates that song. I remember seeing adamunc mention at one point that he personally thinks ‘I Feel Pretty’ features some of Sondheim’s worst lyrics.

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