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If it’s not specifically a black story—if it’s not Ragtime or Porgy and Bess or Show Boat—and “clearly, this is a black woman,” then historically, they just don’t cast us. I would have just assumed they weren’t looking for me to tell that story. But ingenues like Natasha came very easily to me…. And so with Natasha I fell in love with her. And I was scared to want it, because I was scared to be let down.
—Denée Benton

The Great Comet’s Denée Benton and Sweeney Todd’s Norm Lewis Have a Frank Chat About Race