Broadway star Okieriete (Oak) Onaodowan has made his final performance in “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” all the more special by dedicating the Sunday night show to Charlottesville victim Heather Heyer.
Onaodowan — who will wrap up a one-month run — tweeted Sunday that he will be performing in honor of Heyer, 32, who was killed Saturday after 20-year-old neo-Nazi James Fields Jr. mowed down a crowd of counter-protestors at a “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.
“#HeatherHeyer My last show is in honor of u,” Onaodowan tweeted. “I sing 4 u today, I weep 4 u today, on behalf of this nation, I ask to wake up for u today.”
The star’s message comes after a weekend of chaos that kicked off Friday night with a white supremacist march in anticipation of Saturday’s rally. The rally itself, organized by noted white nationalist Jason Kessler, was put on to protest the city’s decision to remove a statue of Confederate Army general Robert E. Lee.
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Violence broke out among the protestors and a slew of counter-protesters, culminating in the attack that killed Heyer and injured 19 others.
Two Virginia State Police troopers were also killed Saturday in a helicopter crash.
“The Great Comet,” a 12-time Tony nominee, announced last week it’d be closing its curtains for good in early September after a casting shakeup drew backlash.
Onaodowan was replaced last month in his role with Mandy Patinkin — much to the dismay of fans, who were angry a white actor had replaced a black actor.
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Patinkin eventually withdrew from the show, but not before producers issued an apology.
“We had the wrong impression of how Oak felt about the casting announcement and how it would be received by members of the theater community, which we appreciate is deeply invested in the success of actors of color — as are we — and to whom we are grateful for bringing this to our attention,” they wrote in a statement.
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