Even though we broke the story in N.Y. Daily News on July 11, 1990, I recall that a few weeks passed before the Times started to cover it. Which seemed odd. I was tipped off to the casting controversy weeks before. I sat on the story for a little while because I was told that Equity really wanted to resolve the matter discreetly, but both sides dug in. ... It also seemed to me that the Times was backing Mackintosh's side. Frank Rich, then its drama critic, declared: ''Jonathan Pryce's brilliant portrayal is essential to 'Miss Saigon' as Joel Grey's was to 'Cabaret.' Maybe even more.'' And Dick Cavett weighed in with a guest N.Y. Times column: ''My Union, Actors Inequity,'' calling Equity's stand the ''boneheaded decision of the year.''
George Will also accused the actors' union of ''trendy racism.'' Of course, the irony was that Equity was trying to stick up for its members of color and equal opportunity. Diversity wasn't given the same due as it is now. Back then, it really took a lot of courage for David Henry Hwang and B.D. Wong to speak up for an Asian-American community that was not known for being vocal. ... As Broadway moves forward, I hope it's not only a better showcase of actors of color, but playwrights, directors and designers of color, etc. That, too, should be part of ''the American dream.''