#HeatherHeyer My last show is in honor of u. The Great Comet will close Sept. Lee statue from a local park, counter-protesters marched in opposition of white nationalists brandishing Confederate and Nazi flags. Show Full Article Broadway star Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan has dedicated his final performance in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 to Heather Heyer, the 32-year-old woman who was killed Saturday when a driver plowed his car into a crowd of counter-protestors after a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. On Sunday, Onaodowan tweeted, “#HeatherHeyer My last show is in honor of u. Last month producers announced that stage and screen star Mandy Patinkin was being brought in to replace Onaodowan for a limited run, but the decision to truncate a black actor’s run and replace him with a white actor drew immediate criticism. At the rally, which centered on the removal of a Robert E. Patinkin eventually withdrew from the show, and the producers issued a mea culpa. I sing 4 u today, I weep 4 u today, on behalf of this nation, I ask to wake up for u today
— The Incredible Oak (@OakSmash) August 13, 2017
Onaodowan, meanwhile, is departing The Great Comet a few weeks before the show closes in the wake of a casting controversy. 3. I sing 4 u today, I weep 4 u today, on behalf of this nation, I ask to wake up for u today.”
Onaodowan added his voice to a chorus of Americans expressing grief and outrage after the rally exploded into violence and President Trump refrained from explicitly condemning white supremacists, instead saying “many sides” were responsible.