While this season was the most diverse season ever assembled on Broadway, next year’s season is already shaping up to look more like business as usual. As even Lin-Manuel Miranda admits, “I think our incredibly, amazingly diverse Tonys season that just ended was a fluke.”
A cursory glance at the Broadway productions announced to date for 2016-17 proves his statement. Of the 23 shows confirmed with theatres, two have all-black casts (Jitney and Motown), one has a mostly Asian cast (Miss Saigon), and two have multiracial casts (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 and Gotta Dance). This doesn’t represent the whole season; 7 more shows have been announced but still await a theatre and their casting isn’t determined. By comparison, in 2015-16, a total of 39 shows opened on Broadway.
Read the rest at American Theatre, part of my monthly “Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion” column.