The Broadway productions of Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812, Come From Away, and A Doll’s House, Part 2 are the 2017 co-recipients of Actors’ Equity Association’s Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award.
The honor is awarded by Equity’s National Equal Employment Opportunity Committee to productions that “exemplify and promote the union’s founding principles of diversity, inclusion, non-traditional casting, and equal opportunity for all who work in the theatre.” The awards will be presented to representatives from the shows July 11.
“We are thrilled to honor three productions this year for the ways in which they exhibit diverse and inclusive casting not routinely seen on Broadway,” said Christine Toy Johnson, national chair of Equity’s National EEO Committee. “In The Great Comet, a multi-cultural company of actors offers an expanded window into the retelling of a classic Russian story. In Come From Away, based on a true story portraying citizens of a largely Caucasian community, a diverse and inclusive company of both onstage and understudy actors play multiple characters without regard to race, age or type.”
Past recipients of the Extraordinary Excellence in Diversity on Broadway Award are 110 in the Shade and Les Misérables (2006-07); Billy Elliot (2008-09); American Idiot (2009-10); The Merchant of Venice (2010-11); A Streetcar Named Desire (2011-12); co-recipients Cinderella and The Trip to Bountiful (2012-13); If/Then (2013-14); It Shoulda Been You (2014-15); and co-recipients Hamilton, Spring Awakening and Waitress (2015-16).