According to Albert Verlinde, no ‘whitewashing’ in the musical On Your Feet
Producer Albert Verlinde will find it is not surprising that the musical On Your Feet ‘whitewashing’ is blamed. The lead roles in the play about the life of Gloria and Emilio Estefan are played by non-latinos Vajèn van den Bosch, Jim Bakkum and Tommie Christiaan.
The publication of these names led earlier this year to discussion on various websites and internet forums. On Broadway the past few years more and more white roles by colored actors played.
“We have, in consultation with, among others, Gloria Estefan, chosen the best actors for the best roles,” says Verlinde at the kick-off of the rehearsals Wednesday. “These people in these roles is the right choice. Who is looking forward to the entire cast, will be a great, very multicultural group.”
In the past, it was Verlinde also the one who pronounced ‘black’ performances as Daddy Cool, Billie Holliday and Dreamgirls to the Dutch theatres pulled out.
That the two stars of the musical Cuban refugees were, in the show, be sure to bid. “But we have no references to, for example, the current problem created. We are going to nothing voorkauwen. People are smart enough: if it’s a deeper message in the story, is that there certainly in. But you can also choose for just a evening to enjoy the beautiful song and dance.”