UPDATE: Breaking News: Mandy Patinkin Steps Out of Great Comet After Backlash.
The controversy over the abrupt replacement casting of Okieriete "Oak" Oanodowan finally come to a head.
Mandy Patinkin announced, through a message to the New York Times this evening that he will withdrawing from The Great Comet. After two days of backlash from audiences announcing the early end of Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan's run as Pierre, Mandy Patinkin announced he will not be appearing in the show.
In his statement to the Times, Patinkin stated, “My understanding of the show’s request that I step into the show is not as it has been portrayed and I would never accept a role knowing it would harm another actor,” Mr. Patinkin said. “I hear what members of the community have said and I agree with them. I am a huge fan of Oak and I will, therefore, not be appearing in the show.”
The full article can be seen here.
UPDATE: The Great Comet has issued another apology to Mandy Patinkin. The Great Comet has also announced, via Twitter, that refunds will be granted to those who contact Telecharge.
Okieriete Onaodowan also announced via Instagram, that he will not be returning to the show.
Writer and Composer David Malloy, responded via Twitter, explaining casting choices. In a desperate attempt to keep the show open, they opted in following Ingrid Michaelson's departure with "a name".
The Great Comet, earlier today, issued a formal apology about the casting, stating the desire to keep the show open.
There has been no word on who will replace Okieriete Onaodowan after his final performance on Aug 13.