Chicago ‘Hamilton’ Star Wayne Brady Urges a Fight to Save the Arts

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 04: Wayne Brady, the latest actor to perform in the new play “White Rabbit Red Rabbit,” performs at The Westside Theatre on April 4, 2016 in New York City. Each week “White Rabbit Red Rabbit” has a unique new guest star. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas/Getty Images)

Wayne Brady is thrilled to star in the Chicago production of “Hamilton” ― not only because, well, gosh, it’s “Hamilton,” but also because his stint comes at a key time in this country.

Just last week, The Huffington Post reported that President Donald Trump’s administration might shut down the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities. That means funding for national arts and humanities could decline, or worse yet, all but disappear.

Brady, who currently portrays Aaron Burr in the musical, says with Trump in the White House, it’s more important than ever to support arts programming and initiatives, in addition to plenty of other important causes and rights that could be at risk.

“It’s happened and it’s happening,” Brady told The Huffington Post. “And it’s going to happen for four more years. And the reality of it is no matter where you fall — if you are pro-Trump or anti-Trump, he is the president. And what are we gonna do?”

“I think we need pieces of art like this to keep that fire burning so you just don’t fall into a slope, like, ‘Whatever, it’s four years,’” he continued. “No, during these four years, what are you going to fight for? Fight for the arts. Fight for LGBT rights. Fight for the rights of every minority who gets kicked in the ass with every one of Trump’s cabinet members being placed [in office].”

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Source: Black Voices | Lauren Moraski