NEW YORK (AP) — The Broadway smash “Hamilton,” which has been cheered for reclaiming the nation’s founding story by a multicultural cast, has now oddly come under fire for specifically seeking “nonwhite men and women” for upcoming roles.
That went too far for the Actors’ Equity Association union, which said Wednesday that language was not official or in compliance with their rules.
The show responded by saying it regretted the confusion and will amend the notice to add that “we welcome people of all ethnicities to audition.”
No such outcry was heard when the show was first being mounted, which called specifically for nonwhite actors to play the likes of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington, Aaron Burr and Eliza Hamilton.
Only King George II was supposed to be filled by a white man.