“Peanuts” comic strip creator Charles Schulz said he wasn’t prepared for a multiethnic Broadway revival of the musical “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown,” but he’s willing to give it a shot. The show includes a piano-playing Schroeder who is black and an Asian Linus, still trailing his blanket. Schulz, 76, told the Press Democrat of Santa Rosa CA that he’s not racist — only concerned about others tinkering with the “Peanuts” gang he still owns. “I thought, ‘This is mine. I did this thing. Nobody helped me. I did the whole thing, and now you’re going to come in and show me how wonderfully open-minded and liberal you are,'” he said. Schulz called United Features Syndicate to inquire about the new production and was told that other stage standards, including “Showboat,” were being treated to the same multiethnic approach. “If … people are willing to accept it, willing to accept that Lucy’s leaning on the piano playing up to a black Schroeder, all right, let’s see how it goes,” Schulz said. The production opened Feb. 4 to mixed reviews, though audiences have been enthusiastic.

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