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La Jolla Playhouse gets heat from Asian Americans over casting
La Jolla Playhouse gets heat from Asian Americans over casting

The La Jolla Playhouse has been receiving a barrage of negative criticism from members of the Asian American community over its casting choices for the new musical "The Nightingale," featuring songs by the "Spring Awakening" team of Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater."The Nightingale" is adapted from the Hans Christian Andersen story and is set in ancient China. The workshop staging for the La Jolla Playhouse, which began performances earlier this month, features a mostly non-Asian cast, with the lead role of a Chinese monarch played by a white actor.The theater company has received a number of highly critical messages from Asian Americans on its Facebook page questioning the casting...

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