Pleasures and Palaces–a 1965 Broadway flop set in 18th Century Russia, with a Frank Loesser score–was just revived by the Lyric Stage down in Texas.
In the script, there is a comic kiss between two men.
A source tells me that one of the men, actor Bryant Martin, announced approximately a week before opening that he objected to the kiss on religious grounds.
I didn’t know institutionalized bigotry was allowed as an excuse to interfere with the creative process.
I reached out to the Lyric’s managing director and am awaiting a reply.
It’s been over a day and she must be pleasuring herself in her palace because she’s not answering.
Update: She replied, saying she’s administrative and doesn’t comment on creative things, plus she hadn’t heard anything about this. I asked her for someone who could comment and I got the publicist, who said he wasn’t at the rehearsal where the issue came up. (In other words, there was an issue.)
I also messaged the actor, who hasn’t responded at all.
But two people who saw the show say the kiss was in there.
Perhaps it was modified, or maybe there was an issue, but they insisted on keeping it in.
Whatever the case, if someone would only comment, we could get some resolution here.