In an unexpected twist of fate, Hamilton, the Broadway musical recognized for its vibrant performances and multi-ethnic cast, has been accused of discrimination after holding an open casting call specifically searching for "non-white" actors.
The controversy began when a notice for an open casting call, posted by the Broadway show's producers, specifically requested "non-white" performers.
"What if they put an ad out that said, 'Whites only need apply?' Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged," Randolph McLaughlin, a civil rights attorney of the Newman Ferrara Law Firm, told CBS2.
More specifically, McLaughlin points out that the job ad violates New York City Human Rights Laws, which makes it unlawful to discriminate based on race.
"You cannot advertise showing that you have a preference for one racial group over another. As an artistic question — sure, he can hire whomever he wants to cast, but he has to give every actor eligible for the role an opportunity to try," McLaughlin continued.
The City Commission on Humans Rights told CBS2 that it has not received any complaints regarding the ad.
On his part, producer Jeffrey Seller supported the ad, saying, "I stand by it and believe it to be legal."
Sure, eligible actors could audition all day, but one of the appealing aspects of the show is its depiction of the Founding Fathers as black and Latino, so wouldn't this ad serve as more of a time-saver than actual discrimination? Moreover, these folks aren't bringing up human rights when other hit Broadway shows, such as Wicked, feature only one Latina, or a lack thereof.