Hamilton may be Broadway's biggest hit, but not everyone is singing the praises of its casting calls. The show, which has one of the most diverse casts in Broadway history, is now under fire for being discriminatory after asking for "NON-WHITE" actors to audition
That backlash is despite the fact that they're clearly doing something right. Pretty much everyone in the world is obsessed with the hip-hop musical right now—from President Obama, who invited the cast to sing at the White House, to Beyoncé herself.
You cannot advertise showing that you have a preference for one racial group over another. 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 casting notice, which was approved by the Actor's Equity Association (the union that protects Broadway actors), has since been amended to be more inclusive. It now reads that, "Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend." Jeffrey Sellers, the head producer of Hamilton, stands by the wording of the original casting call.