When Mackintosh announced that Jonathan Pryce, the British Caucasian actor who had originated the role of the Engineer in London, would play the part in New York, Hwang wrote a letter objecting to the casting, since the Engineer is Eurasian. The playwright subsequently leaked the missive to the press, in the process becoming the public face of the many protestors. Hwang now admits: “Frightened and overwhelmed, I denied having done so.” He now wants to “apologize to Cameron Mackintosh for my deception.” David Henry Hwang has come clean over the “Yellow Face” controversy surrounding the 1991 Broadway transfer of West End hit Miss Saigon. “I lied to Cameron Mackintosh,” revealed the American playwright in The Guardian about his dealings with the mega-producer at the time. Pryce kept the role, winning a Tony for his performance, although subsequent Engineers have been played by actors of Asian descent. Meanwhile Hwang, with his plays Face Value and Yellow Face, explored racial identity. A new production of Miss Saigon will open in London this month; Jon Jon Briones, who was born in the Philippines, is playing the part of the Engineer. View Comments
With March now here, the NCAA tournament bracket has become a little more predictable.Some teams are locks, some are NIT-bound or out of postseason play completely, and every other team is on the infamous bubble, hoping it won’t be popped before selection time.Come selection time, there’s always the debate nationwide of how many bids each conference will receive and who is the most deserving.While the only certain thing come selection time are the automatic bids for every conference and that Penn will probably be the first team in, considering the Ivy League is the only conference without a tournament, Hoops America will attempt to make the tournament brackets a little more clear.ACCLocks: Boston College, Duke, N.C. State, North CarolinaOut: Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech, ClemsonOn the Bubble: Maryland, Florida State, Virginia, MiamiThe ACC’s bubble teams have a slim chance of getting into the tournament with the down year it’s having — at least compared to years in the past. Florida State may be in the best position after a big win over Maryland, and games against Duke and North Carolina to end its schedule. The conference tournament will be huge for these teams trying to drift into the tourney on a bubble.Big EastLocks: Connecticut, Villanova, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Georgetown, MarquetteOut: South Florida, DePaul, Rutgers, Providence, Louisville, St. John’s, Notre DameOn the Bubble: Syracuse, Cincinnati, Seton HallNow with 16 teams, the Big East’s NCAA tournament selection situation will be interesting. Sure, the committee says it doesn’t select the teams conference by conference, but, regardless, how many bids the Big East receives will be a hot topic. Syracuse and Cincinnati will probably sneak in, giving the conference eight teams. However, Notre Dame’s case is interesting. Even though the Fighting Irish are near the bottom of the standing, they have been in every game and only lost each by a slim margin. If they make some noise in the Big East tournament, Notre Dame could seemingly make a case to possibly sneak in as a low seed.Big TenLocks: Michigan State, Ohio State, Iowa, Illinois, WisconsinOut: Purdue, Northwestern, Penn StateOn the Bubble: Michigan, Indiana, MinnesotaWith a big win over Michigan State this past weekend, Indiana helped its tournament hopes the most. Throughout the disappointing losses and Mike Davis controversy this season, the Hoosiers find themselves back in the tournament mix. As for the other teams, Michigan most likely is in while you can’t spell “Minnesota” without “N-I-T.”Big XIILocks: Texas, Kansas, OklahomaOut: Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Iowa State, Kansas StateOn the Bubble: Colorado, Texas A&M, NebraskaTexas A&M and Nebraska’s tournament resumes aren’t looking too strong, and Colorado’s bubble is close to being popped after a huge loss to Nebraska and tough games at Kansas and Iowa State left on the schedule. Pac-10Locks: UCLA, WashingtonOut: Oregon State, Arizona State, Washington State, Oregon, USC, StanfordOn the Bubble: Arizona, CaliforniaThe Pac-10 is maybe the most disappointing conference by far this season. UCLA has really taken advantage of Stanford and Arizona’s mishaps and is the only respectable tournament team from this conference. Washington hasn’t exactly been stellar, but Brandon Roy has been able to put the Huskies on his back thus far. Closing out the season at home, Arizona should be able to assure itself a tournament spot, and Cal will probably make it as well, provided they pick up a win or two in the Pac-10 tournament.Southeastern ConferenceLocks: Florida, LSU, TennesseeOut: Georgia, South Carolina, Mississippi, Mississippi State, AuburnOn the Bubble: Kentucky, Alabama, Arkansas, VanderbiltThe SEC has had a so-so year this season. Tennessee and LSU have really come through behind some young players, but Florida has fallen as of late after starting the season at 17-0. It appears as if Kentucky will be in the tournament, and Arkansas has a slight edge on Alabama after coming back from 18 to beat the Crimson Tide last week. As for Vanderbilt, the Commodores really need to make some noise in the SEC tournament to have a shot.Conference USALocks: MemphisOut: Central Florida, Rice, Tulsa, Tulane, SMU, Marshall, Southern Miss, East CarolinaOn the Bubble: UAB, Houston, UTEPConference USA took a big hit by losing Louisville, Cincinnati, DePaul and Marquette to the Big East, but even those four teams aren’t exactly having stellar seasons. Memphis is a lock, no doubt, and will most likely be one of the No. 1 seeds. Houston has a good shot of receiving a tournament bid with wins over then-No. 25 LSU and No. 13 Arizona. UAB and UTEP might be able to sneak in, but neither have a big win or an outstanding season to warrant a solid chance.At-large teamsLocks: Gonzaga, George Washington, Wichita State, George MasonOn the Bubble: Nevada, UW-Milwaukee, Bucknell, the whole Missouri Valley Conference, among othersThe locks from the non-major conferences are pretty obvious, and Nevada is probably a good bet to be in, as well. UW-Milwaukee should be in, but if it doesn’t win the Horizon League, it could get a little questionable. How many teams the Missouri Valley Conference gets in the tournament will be something to watch for — the conference may get up to five with Wichita State for sure and Missouri State, Creighton, Southern Illinois and Northern Iowa all with good chances. That would be potentially more teams than the ACC, Pac-10, Big XII and Conference USA each have.
http://http://vimeo.com/1879726Mike Leckrone, director of the University of Wisconsin Marching Band, announces he has suspended the band until further notice. This is due to behavior violations relating to alcohol and inappropriate sexual behavior. The band will miss Saturday’s game against Ohio State, marking the first time in at least 40 years the band hasn’t played a home game.