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Diversity on Broadway Award

BILLY ELLIOT WINS Eastern EEO Committee’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award


(L-R) Trent Kowalik, Liam Redhead, Alex Ko

AEA's Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) Committee, presented the second Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award to BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL on Thursday, December 10th at the Eastern Regional Board Meeting. The production was honored due to its multi-ethnic casting of the role of the Billy’s.

Eastern EEO Co-Chairs Christine Toy Johnson and Julia Breanetta-Simpson presented the crystal plaque award to Billy Elliott General Manager Nina Lannan.

“Though many people claim to cast the ‘best person’ for every role on Broadway, unspoken in that, is the reality that even if the ‘best person’ is of a race or ethnicity not originally imagined, they may not, in actuality, even be considered,” explained Ms. Toy Johnson.

She continued: “The Creative Team and Producers of BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL have turned this phrase on its head, setting a new kind of standard. We celebrate this standard, and with it, the universal lessons of BILY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL– that love of family and art knows no boundaries, racial or otherwise.”

2007’s productions of 110 IN THE SHADE and LES MISERABLES received the first Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award on Monday, February 25, 2008 at B. Smith's restaurant in midtown Manhattan.


 

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Recipients of the Broadway Diversity Award are:
Year Show
2007 110 IN THE SHADE & LES MISERABLES
2008 N/A
2009 BILLY ELLIOT, THE MUSICAL
2010 AMERICAN IDIOT
2011 THE MERCHANT OF VENICE
2012 A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
2013 CINDERELLA & THE TRIP TO BOUNTIFUL
2014 IF/THEN
2015 IT SHOULDA BEEN YOU
2016 HAMILTON, SPRING AWAKENING, WAITRESS
2017 A DOLL'S HOUSE PART 2, COME FROM AWAY, NATASHA PIERRE & THE GREAT COMET OF 1812

 
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