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Nicholas Rodriguez on 'Oklahoma!' and being ethnic and openly gay
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Posted by: WaymanWong 11:52 pm EST 01/17/22
In reply to: re: Arena Stage 2010-11 "OKLAHOMA!" -- Big Spoiler Request -- DON"T READ THIS POST IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN THE OKLAHOMA! REVIVAL - BroadwayTonyJ 08:44 pm EST 01/17/22

In 2011, I interviewed Rodriguez and asked him about the racial diversity in his ''Oklahoma!'' He said: ''My father’s Mexican-American, and my mom’s Cherokee and Welsh. But even though our Laurey and Aunt Eller (E. Faye Keller) are portrayed by African-Americans, we’re not playing race. We’ve all done a lot of historical research; although all these ethnic groups [blacks, Latinos, Asians and Native Americans] existed at that time in Oklahoma, they didn’t co-exist. So our modern take is that they’re all co-mingling, like our country is now. But I’m not playing Curly as a Latino; I’m just Curly.''

And speaking of diversity, Rodriguez also dished about being a Broadway leading man of color who's also openly gay.
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