The Broadway Musical Hamilton sent out a casting call that has discrimination written all-over it. Apparently if you are white, you need not show up for this casting call. This has gone over like a lead balloon and as “Fox and Friends” on Thursday morning suggested, if it was another race being blocked from auditions they couldn’t get away with it as far as the public goes.
In an article on March 31, News Oxy calls this an “unusual role reversal,” which is one of the nicer ways that people have described this posted casting call. Since the uproar over seeking “non-white” actors has spawned, the folks behind this Broadway Musical have changed their tune, but not completely.
The Wall Street Journal reports that this casting call has been on their website since fall, which is worded,“seeking nonwhite men and women, ages 20s to 30s.” A recent article by a media outlet reporting on this casting call, brought it to the attention of the mainstream, sparking the outrage.
When the outrage first roared, the producers of this musical stood their ground saying that it was within their rights to post this. They said that they “asked for “non-white men and women, ages 20s to 30s” to audition, because a major selling point of the musical is its cast full of black and Latino performers,” as News Max reports.
They also said that the Broadway union, Actors Equity, had approved the notice and the show’s producer Jeffery Seller adamantly stood behind the wording on the poster. But… the union general consul said they didn’t approve the notice and there is no way they would approve a notice such as this.
The audition notice that the union did approve said it welcomed performers of “all ethnicities to audition” for the Broadway show. This audition notice not only went against the union’s protocol, but it also goes against the New York City law that bars “discrimination based on race in employment advertising.”
Again, at the end of the day this Broadway musical casting call changed its tune to “make it clear that people of all ethnicities are welcome to audition, but would not back away from the show’s commitment to hire a diverse cast,” reports News Max.