It's no secret that Hamilton is one of Broadway's biggest breakout hits as everyone and their mom can't get enough of those catchy beats!
The cast of the show even performed at the Grammys and for President Barack Obama at the White House!
Well now it seems the love affair might be slowing up as the musical — which has been praised for its use of a diverse cast to detail American history — has received some backlash for posting a casting call looking for "nonwhite men and women."
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Despite the fact that audition descriptions for characters in Hamilton quite often specifying age range, race, and gender, as it's fairly standard in the theater industry, Actors' Equity has said the auditions should be open to everyone.
Maria Somma, a spokesperson for Actors' Equity, said the casting call was "absolutely inconsistent with Equity's policy," and continued by stating:
"We want to encourage that everyone has an equal opportunity to go in and audition for shows."
As a result, the producers of the show have said they would be changing the posting to make sure people of all ethnicities are included and feel welcome. However, this doesn't mean they are backing away from their commitment of hiring a diverse cast.
The producers released a statement saying they:
"… regret the confusion that's arisen from the recent posting of an open call casting notice for the show… it is essential to the storytelling of ‘Hamilton' that the principal roles, which were written for nonwhite characters (excepting King George), be performed by nonwhite actors."
Jeffrey Seller, the lead producer of the musical said:
"‘Hamilton' depicts the birth of our nation in a singular way. We will continue to cast the show with the same multicultural diversity that we have employed thus far."
At the end of the day, it's nice to know that the casting call will be worded in a way where more people feel accepted.
Do you think the change in wording was necessary though?!
[Image via Joseph Marzullo/WENN.]
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