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'Hamilton' posted a casting call, but one of its stipulations is causing quite the stir

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The popular Broadway show “Hamilton” was praised for its diverse cast until the producers posted a casting notice specifying that they were looking for “non-white” actors.

The casting notice came as the show intends to expand to other cities, but it may be illegal. According to Newman Ferrara Law Firm lawyer Randolph McLaughlin, the notice violates the New York City Human Rights Law, which makes it unlawful for an employer to discriminate based on race.

>> RELATED: 'Hamilton' cast members performed at the White House, and it was epic

The producer, Jeffrey Seller, defended his “non-white” casting notice WCBS, saying, “I stand by it and believe it to be legal.”

McLaughlin claims the producers can cast whoever they want based on artistic preference but must allow everyone to try out for the role.

“What if they put an ad out that said, ‘Whites only need apply?’” he said. “Why, African-Americans, Latinos, Asians would be outraged.”

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The casting notice also appears to violate the policy of Actors Equity, which specifies that “…producers agree that auditions for all productions … will be conducted in such a manner as to provide full and fair consideration to actors of all ethnicities.”

The “Hamilton” press representative said the casting notice was approved by Actors Equity, but the union’s general counsel claims this is not the case. The audition notice they approved welcomed “all ethnicities.”

The City Commission on Human Rights has yet to receive a complaint but would not say if it was investigating the “non-white” casting notice.

A source informed WCBS that the commission would probably work with the “Hamilton” production team to help it comply with city laws if the controversy becomes an issue.

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Misty Copeland re-creates famous Edgar Degas paintings

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Misty Copeland, who became the first African-American woman to be named a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre last year, has already established herself as a legend.

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Now the 33-year-old is re-creating the beauty of ballet in another art form. The March issue of Harper's Bazaar magazine will feature the ballerina in photos reminiscent of works of 19th century French artist Edgar Degas.   

In high-end fashions by designers like Oscar de la Renta and Alexander McQueen, Copeland posed to capture scenes from Degas' famous portraits and sculptures like "Little Dancer Aged Fourteen," "The Star" and "Green Dancer."

"I definitely feel like I can see myself in that sculpture—she just seems content but also reserved," Copeland told Harper's Bazaar about posing for "Little Dancer." "I was really shy and introverted at that age. I don't even have an image in my head of what I remember a ballerina being or existing before I took a ballet class. Ballet was just the one thing that brought me to life."

The photo shoot celebrates "Edgar Degas: A Strange New Beauty," an exhibition that will debut at the New York Museum of Modern Art in March. 

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@harpersbazaarus she channels artist #EdgarDegas's most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at #MOMA, dancer @MistyOnPointe opens up about what it feels like to make history. Go to the link in our bio to read her interview from the March 2016 issue and see the full fashion shoot by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of @NYCDanceProject, styled by @Michelle_Jank. A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 6:33am PST

@harpersbazaarus As she channels artist #EdgarDegas's most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at #MOMA, dancer @MistyOnPointe opens up about what it feels like to make history. Go to the link in our bio to read her interview from the March 2016 issue and see the full fashion shoot by @KenBrowar and @DeborahOry of @NYCDanceProject, styled by @Michelle_Jank. A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 12:11pm PST

"Misty Copeland: The Art of Dance  From Harper's BAZAAR As she channels the artist Edgar Degas’s most famous ballet works ahead of a new exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art, dancer Misty Copeland opens up about what it feels like to make history. Video shot by Sandy Chase. Photography by Ken Browar and Deborah Ory of the NYC Dance Project. To learn more visit:http://www.nycdanceproject.com #mistycopeland #harpers #beautiful" (via #RapidRepost @AppsKottage) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 10, 2016 at 6:21pm PST

Repost By @kristelyulo: "Ballet + Degas + Fashion: Trifecta! RG @harpersbazaarus - Watch #MistyOnPointe channel Edgar Degas' ballerinas. http://www.harpersbazaar.com/culture/art-books-music/a14055/misty-copeland-degas-0316/" (via #RapidRepost @AppsKottage) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 11, 2016 at 5:47am PST

nycdanceproject One of the images from our photo shoot with Misty Copeland and Harper's Bazaar - the story is coming out in their March issue. @nycdanceproject @mistyonpointe @harpersbazaarus @instagram #edgardegas #nycdanceproject #mistycopeland #harpersbazaar #tutu #ballet #degas #moma A photo posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Feb 11, 2016 at 3:53pm PST

Seattle company designs invisible art revealed in rain

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A Seattle startup said it is hoping to make rainy days a little brighter for everyone after designing a product that makes rain-activated art on sidewalks and other surfaces.

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The art is made with a stencil and a superhydrophobic coating spray that keeps water from soaking into surfaces, creating different shades of color.

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The product can be used on absorbent surfaces, including concrete, wood, stone, cardboard and fabric, and is invisible on a dry and sunny day.

The idea came from Peregrine Church, who considers himself part artist, part engineer and part inventor.

Last April, he and his business partner made a video for a Kickstarter campaign and it went viral.

The product is called Rainworks, and with 690 backers and $50,000 from the Kickstarter campaign, they've been filling numerous orders via their website

For $29, customers get a bottle of “invisible spray” that covers roughly 15 square feet, a stencil to make their own Rainwork and video instructions.

“My priority isn't making money. My priority is helping people make the world a better place. So once we're off the ground and flying, it'll be a lot of fun,” said Church.

The designs generally last about four to five weeks, depending on conditions. Since it’s temporary, it’s not considered graffiti in public areas.      

Rainworks is not only making art around the city, but is also putting messages and inspirational words in public areas, such as bus stops and parks.

The company is also creating online maps of Rainworks designs the company and others have done so that people can visit and see the designs.

Misty Copeland named ABT's first-ever black principal dancer

Much beloved dancer and African American Misty Copeland has made history. The petite 32-year-old was named principal dancer for American Ballet Theatre, the first-ever in the company’s 75-year history.

Copeland’s promotion – after 14 years at the company – comes at a time when the woman’s growing celebrity and popularity brought her fame beyond ballet circles, the New York Times reported.

Copeland faced many obstacles in her climb to the top of the artistic world. She suffered through a high-profile custody fight with her mother, where Copeland fought to be emancipated from her, but her mother successfully regained custody.

Copeland grew up poor, one of six children in San Pedro, Calif. And she was late to the ballet world, beginning her formal dance training at age 13, about seven years later than most dancers. She was so gifted, however, that she was taken in by her ballet teacher. Besides being black, Copeland also was thought to be too short and too muscular to dance with an elite ballet company.

Copeland made her debut last week in the lead role of “Swan Lake,” considered one of the premiere roles in the ballet world.

By @juliekentofficial via @RepostWhiz app: Exciting promotions at ABT this morning!! Misty Copeland, Principal Dancer!!! ❤️ #MistyCopeland #ballerina #weloveyou (#RepostWhiz app) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Jun 30, 2015 at 10:19am PDT

By @efe_04 via @RepostWhiz app: You make it look so easy!! @mistyonpointe 💖👌🏽💋What an amazing performance!!! #abt #mistycopeland #swanlake #offbucketlist #stunning #inspirational #breakingbarriers #nyc #ballet (#RepostWhiz app) A video posted by Misty Copeland (@mistyonpointe) on Jun 25, 2015 at 11:51am PDT

Photos: 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Photos: 2014 Kennedy Center Honors

Instagram artist creates surreal photos using only his iPhone

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Robert Jahns' Instagram account shows how technology and art can be combined to create breathtaking visuals. Mashable highlighted Jahns' work Tuesday morning and below is a look at some of his work.

"I love rooftop views and urban exploration. I really dig dance/people photography and landscapes as well," Jahns told Mashable. "Some edits require about 2 hours and other edits require several days."

Mashable reports Jahns uses ArtStudio, Filterstorm, PhotoForge2, VSCOcam and Snapseed  to edit his images. The photos are pictures taken by himself or collaborators.

See more of Jahn's work on his Instagram account.

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