“Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” is coming to a sooner than expected close.
It was revealed on Tuesday by the show’s producers that the Broadway musical will end its run on September 3. This news comes after the 12-time Tony-nominated musical recently received backlash over recent casting.
In July, Mandy Patinkin had joined the show to replace Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan for a short run. Fans were upset when a white actor had been chosen to replace a black actor and the show received heavy criticism for the choice.
As a result of the controversy, Patinkin removed himself from the production and apologized in a statement, saying he would never take a role that would harm another actor.
The producers of the show also released a statement apologizing for the casting decision:
“We had the wrong impression of how Oak felt about the casting announcement and how it would be received by members of the theater community, which we appreciate is deeply invested in the success of actors of color — as are we — and to whom we are grateful for bringing this to our attention. We regret our mistake deeply, and wish to express our apologies to everyone who felt hurt and betrayed by these actions,” the show’s producers said in a statement.
Addressing the casting choice, the show’s creator Dave Malloy tweeted that Patinkin had been brought on after the show had endured poor ticket sales after Ingrid Michaelson left.
Onaodowan took to Twitter to share his thoughts on the entire situation: