Challenging typecasting norms

Does a role need to be played by the gender assigned to the character on the page? We've seen gender experimented with in Shakespeare adaptations, of course, but one Broadway show, "Once On This Island," is pushing the envelope with one of its standout stars."Glee" actor Alex Newell plays the typically female role of Asaka, Mother of the Earth, and his booming voice steals the show. "I'm not the cookie cutter type," Newell admitted on "Salon Talks." He shared his experiences being rejected from casting calls and musical theater programs for not fitting into the typical Broadway norms. "All these conservatories and schools, they have a mold that they have to fit kids in and then train them to be that type. I didn't fit in any of them. I walked in and they didn't know what to do with me."

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