In an intellectual sense, answering just the question of racist producer vs unprofessional performer and not wanting to sound like I'm having a solid opinion about Great Comet, I'd say yes, it's worse. If a man accused of sexual assault can be voted president of the United States, then a producer labelled as racist can probably continue producing. As a producer, you can probably work around the accusations. Find people to work with who don't really care what Twitter is saying, purposefully produce works with hyper-diverse casts, continue to apologise and work with POC to show your commitment to getting better. But an unprofessional performer? Pfft. Kick 'em to the curb, hire someone else. There'll always be more Broadway-standard performers available than roles for them all, why bother casting someone who's working under a cloud of unprofessionalism when you can get someone who's just as talented but without the baggage? I would rather be labelled unprofessional than racist, but also I think it'd be easier to come back from being a tainted producer than a tainted performer.
Well. Controversy aside, it's a terrific show. Bonkers but terrific.
Do you think he's called Oak because he's so wooden? He's outclassed by everyone else in the company but Lucas Steele is just something else. OMGosh, it's a truly sensational performance. There aren't words to describe it, there's generally a LOT going on around the stage but your eyes are always drawn to him whether he's checking himself out in the mirror or lounging around like a cat. Thank you also to the costume designer who put him in the snuggest pair of trousers on Broadway but that voice? It's insane. IN-SANE! It'll be interesting to hear what he does next.
Clever how they go for different musical styles throughout the show. Sometimes during the same song which is . . interesting. The Abduction is the absolute crowd-pleasing moment but while it's all strangely a bit of a mess, it completely works perfectly.
The opening number is a great introduction to everyone and if you ever loved the song 'The Court of King Caractacus' as a child (Rolf Harris aside) then it'll bring back happy memories (not of Harris obvs).