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The musical "Hamilton" has been making noise in the scene, but this new bit of news on the production may smudge the good reputation of the musical.
The hugely popular Broadway play has caused a minor uproar over its casting notice which explicitly seeks "non-white" performers. One attorney claims the language violates New York City Human Rights Law.
CBS2’s Tony Aiello reported, the controversy was sparked by a casting notice posted by the producers of “Hamilton,” which specifically seeks “non-white” performers.
“What if they put an ad out that said, ‘Whites only need apply?’” said McLaughlin, of the Newman Ferrara Law Firm. “Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged.”
“You cannot advertise showing that you have a preference for one racial group over another,” McLaughlin said. “As an artistic question – sure, he can cast whomever he wants to cast, but he has to give every actor eligible for the role an opportunity to try.”
The wording of this casting call demand is causing a huge uproar in the community.

Do the people that are upset have a point? Should this casting call request be changed?

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@melifluosmelodi cute, or DEEPLY upsetting once you get to the end of the musical?
@shannonl5 just cute. Hamilton's honestly a great musical. so is the book of Mormon. if you're not easily offended
Belle from Disney's Beauty and the beast was cast by a black female, fyi. not in the initial run, but it did happen, and I think it was back in 1996 or 1997. so it's not like it just happened. but I totally get the point. Im not arguing that at all. most people assume that im white. and while my skin color is obviously white, I do not define myself as such. Im the "other" or the "two or more races" category. Im mixed. and you'd never know it. I shouldn't have to prove my lineage one way or the other in order to be allowed to audition.
one more thing. the notice is discriminatory because it excludes other races. "staying true" to the script is a cop-out. if that were true, then you definitely wouldn't have diversity since most Broadway shows (historically) are written by and for white (or non-ethnic) races. everyone should have a shot at auditionung. from there, hire whomever you want. if that translates to hiring non-whites, then that is the directors decision.
@marshalledgar I think the 'hire whomever you want' is what's been causing the issue Hamilton was designed to combat in the first place. A friend of mine used to go to 'open' casting calls all the time (the union requires them) but they were such a joke. Often the roles were already filled! They wouldn't have considered him at all. So it would be nice to see that change because of the outcry. But at the end of the day if people are going to hold Hamilton to the non-discrimination standard, they had better do it for EVERY SINGLE SHOW. And they absolutely do not right now. So either Hamilton should be allowed to continue in that same tradition, or Broadway needs to hold everyone accountable for the discrimination practices that Lin-Manuel Miranda was combatting by casting exclusively nonwhite actors (except for the king).