Mar 24, 2021 - News
Minnesota production of "Cinderella" cancelled over "98% white" cast
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A Minnesota production of "Cinderella" has been cancelled over concerns about a lack of diversity among the cast.

What's happening: Chanhassen Dinner Theatres will scrap its plans for the Rodgers & Hammerstein show and instead start over with "Footloose!" in 2022.

  • Artistic director Michael Brindisi told The Pioneer Press the decision was made after they realized the cast was "98% white."

What they're saying: "Our hope in beginning the production process again with a new title will allow us to put into practice an intentional process based on the work we have been doing towards equity and inclusivity," the theater said in a statement.

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