(KDKA) — The show won’t go on at a Greenfield community theater after
the director and the producers got into a dispute over adding LGBT
characters to the show.
decision to cancel ‘Big Fish’ comes on the heels of a dispute between
the director and co-founding producers over how to proactively insert
representation of an LGBT+ family despite the fact that the script did
not include any reference to the LGBT+ community,” the Playhouse’s
In a statement sent to theatre news website BroadwayWorld, John August
and Andrew Lippa, the creators of the musical, expressed their support
for the director’s decision:
“That’s correct; nowhere in the script does it say that any character
is gay or lesbian or trans. But nor does it say they aren’t. A
director’s decision to signal that two silent characters are same-sex
parents isn’t changing the text. It’s providing context and framing.
The Playhouse’s statement on the show’s cancellation received nearly
hundreds of responses on their Facebook page.