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8 New Hamilton Cast Members To Get Excited About

8 New Hamilton Cast Members To Get Excited About

8 New Hamilton Cast Members To Get Excited About

by Brookelynn Mason

Still haven't seen Hamilton?  Lamenting over missing the original cast? Don't fret! These eight actors and actresses of the "next administration" are ready for you to be in the room where it happens, and they will NOT disappoint! From Broadway to Chicago to San Francisco and all the way over in London, we've got you covered with who to get excited about in all the productions of Hamilton worldwide.

Broadway

Photo: Todd Vitti

Photo: Todd Vitti

 Lexi Lawson - Eliza Hamilton
 Lexi Lawson brings an intensity and genuine heartache to the character of Eliza with her breathtaking rendition of "Burn" that will have you picking your jaw up from the floor. It is a spiritual experience -- one that she spent six months preparing for before auditioning!

Photo: jevonmcferrin.com

Photo: jevonmcferrin.com

Jevon McFerrin - Alexander Hamilton
Though technically a standby for more than one role (Lafayette/Jefferson, for example), Jevon's portrayal of Hamilton himself is awe inspiring. During the "It's Quiet Uptown" forgiveness sequence, the heartbreak is genuine. His delivery of some of the lighter lines ("Hi" when seeing Angelica in "Take A Break") are so effortless and casual that you forget you're watching a show.

Photo: Dana Edelson

Photo: Dana Edelson

Taran Killam - King George III
Move over, peasants--there's a new King in power!  Some of you might recognize His Highness from Saturday Night Live. It's no surprise, then, that his interpretation of the role of King George is side splitting.  You won't want to miss his unforgettable nine minutes on stage!

Photo: Cyllavon Tidemann

Photo: Cyllavon Tidemann

James M. Iglehart - Lafayette/Jefferson
If this name sounds familiar, it's because James is currently the (Tony winning) Genie in the Broadway run of the Disney classic, Aladdin. If you're not lucky enough to already have tickets to see Hamilton during his run as Lafayette/Jefferson (which starts in April), enter the lotteries when he takes the stage.  We are in for a HILARIOUS Laffayette/Jefferson combo!

Chicago

Photo: Mayumi Ando

Photo: Mayumi Ando

Karen Olivo - Angelica Schuyler
This is a name we always see whenever a Lin-Manuel Miranda project comes around--she originated the role of Vanessa in the Broadway production of In the Heights, starred alongside Lin (and Leslie Odom Jr.) for a short run in tick, tick...BOOM!, and now brings a sass and attitude to the role of Angelica Schuyler that rivals even that of the role's originator, Renée Elise Goldsberry. Planning a trip to Chicago? Plan on seeing Hamilton!

 

Photo: Emily Sandifer

Photo: Emily Sandifer

Arianna Afsar - Eliza Hamilton
As an American beauty pageant title holder from California and a semifinalist from season 8 of American Idol, Ari Afsar is no stranger to stage performance.  She is also the first of Middle Eastern descent to play the role of Eliza, and absolutely SLAYS. Her voice basically assaults you, and it's glorious.  #WERK


San Francisco (March - August 2017)

Photo: Michael Eisman

Photo: Michael Eisman

Michael Luwoye - Alexander Hamilton (Tour)
Most of you recognize this name on the list, but not all of you recognize him as Hamilton...because he is the first and ONLY person to have ever played both Alexander Hamilton AND Aaron Burr! He was recently featured on the Hamilcast podcast, and discussed this exact topic and how challenging it is to have to be in the mind sets of both of these men. That just means you're talented beyond measure, Michael. Catch him as Hamilton one show a week on Broadway until he heads to San Francisco!


London (starting November 2017)

Photo: Robert Vivancos

Photo: Robert Vivancos

Christine Allado - Peggy/Maria
And so the anticipation for Hamilton on the West End begins! The cast list was just released, and it is FULL of talented performers. The one we are most excited for, however, is West End's own #andPeggy. She has a plethora of theatre credits (guys, she was Christine Daaé in the Phillipines Phantom of the Opera), was Vanessa in the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's other musical In the Heights, and performed alongside award winning tenor Andrea Bocelli.  We can't say no to this...casting decision!


On Inclusion in the Theater Community in Donald Trump's America

On Inclusion in the Theater Community in Donald Trump's America

On Inclusion in the Theater Community in Donald Trump's America

By Brookelynn Mason

On the eve of Donald Trump's ban on immigration from some Muslim countries, we talked with Luis Crespo, Lin-Manuel Miranda's brother-in-law and manager of his merchandising company TeeRico at BroadwayCon 2017. We discussed Hamilton's message of inclusion and acceptance and the importance of the arts in communities and how to enact change in our own backyards, not knowing that these ideas would need to be thrusted to the forefront and translated into action the very next day. Check out the video interview here.

Brandon Victor Dixon to host Paul Rudd's SAY Bowling Benefit

Brandon Victor Dixon to host Paul Rudd's SAY Bowling Benefit

BRANDON VICTOR DIXON TO HOST PAUL RUDD'S SAY BOWLING BENEFIT

By Brookelynn Mason

Hamilton's Brandon Victor Dixon is everywhere these days...and we're not complaining! This time, however, it's not for publicly addressing a questionable politician. On February 13, 2017, Dixon will be the guest host of the fifth annual Paul Rudd All-Star Bowling Benefit. This year, the benefit hopes to top the previous year's $160,000 raised to benefit the Stuttering Association for the Young (SAY). All proceeds help send kids who stutter to Camp SAY, which helps them develop necessary skills for communication and confidence in an environment where they are not held back by their stutter.  The event, which will be held at Lucky Strike Lanes in NYC at 7:00pm, will include a cocktail reception and a chance for kids from SAY programs to bowl with Broadway stars such as James Monroe Iglehart, Kelli O'Hara, and Alex Lacamoire (full list below).

Photo: brandonvictordixon.com

Photo: brandonvictordixon.com

The full list of participants includes: Erich Bergen, Emily Bergl, Alex Brightman, Alexander Chaplin, Maddie Corman, Nadia Dajani, Gilbert Gottfried, Jenna Leigh Green, Mariska Hargitay, Jeremy Hays, Peter Hermann, Seth Herzog, Cady Huffman, James Monroe Iglehart, Richard Kind, Alex Lacamoire, Keira Naughton, Greg Naughton, Michael Oberholtzer, Kelli O’Hara, Steven Pasquale, Nicki Richards, Daphne Rubin-Vega, Betsy Wolfe, Frank Wood, & many more, as well as SAY kids. Paul Rudd’s filming schedule will likely be unable to attend this year.

Hamilton Fans To Raise $37k for BC/EFA for Lin-Manuel Miranda's 37th Birthday

Hamilton Fans To Raise $37k for BC/EFA for Lin-Manuel Miranda's 37th Birthday

By Brookelynn Mason

"Rise up!" is more than just a call to action in Broadway's Hamilton — it is the rallying cry of an entire fandom to come together. Two 20-somethings from Arkansas started the "Happy Birthday Lin-Manuel Miranda” charity fundraiser on January 1 with a goal of raising $37,000 (for Lin’s 37th birthday, get it?). The money goes to one of Miranda's favorite charities: Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids, which "helps men, women and children across the country and across the street receive lifesaving medications, health care, nutritious meals, counseling and emergency financial assistance."

The fundraiser has received recognition from BC/EFA, several members of the #HamiltonCHI cast, and even caught the eyes of Lin-Man himself on his birthday, January 16th. The founders have worked together with the Hamilcast podcast and TeeRico, Miranda's official merchandise website, to reach thousands of people for this ambitious charity goal.

Alicia Watt, the co-founder of the project, helps facilitate weekly raffle events through the project's Facebook page for donors who have given at least $5. Previous winners received various Hamilton merchandise (including the Hamiltome and Hamilton Mixtape), fan-made artwork and merchandise, and swag bags with Moana-themed items. The coming week’s theme is inspired by Miranda’s first Broadway musical, In the Heights, with a chance to win a signed playbill from the show with each donation. This final raffle will take place on the “Happy Birthday Lin-Manuel Miranda” Facebook page on Thursday, January 26th, at 7:00pm EST.

Get in a donation before then to have your chance at winning raffle items, but more importantly, to make a difference in the lives of those who are supported by such awesome organizations as Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.

Facebook page: @HappyBdayLin

Twitter: @HappyBdayLin

Photo: Joan Marcus

Photo: Joan Marcus

5 Times Broadway Stars Destroyed Donald Trump

5 Times Broadway Stars Destroyed Donald Trump

5 Times Broadway Stars Destroyed Donald Trump

By Brookelynn Mason


When Lin-Manuel Miranda almost let it slip on SNL.

The Hamilton star and creator was a very vocal supporter of Hillary Clinton during the 2016 campaign season. He and fellow Hamilton cast member and Tony Award winner Renee Elise Goldsberry even performed at “Broadway for Hillary” with a rendition of the show’s “Ten Duel Commandments” to encourage citizens to register to vote. It’s no surprise, then, that the first on our list of epic Trump shade is Miranda’s songwriting prowess directed at the man himself as part of his monologue rewrite of “My Shot” during his time hosting Saturday Night Live. Maybe he should be rewrite it to be "Never gon' be (my) president now..."


That time the ENTIRE CAST of Avenue Q sang a protest song.

Anyone who’s been to see this puppet musical knows that satire and comedy are a pastime for Robert Lopez and Jeff Marx, the brains behind Avenue Q.  It seems this does not stop with the theatre, as they teamed up in August of 2016 with Swedish songwriter Ledinsky to re-imagine his protest song to take a stab at Donald Trump.  The track was entitled “DonaldTrumpMakesMeWantToSmokeCrack”, and was featured on Ledinsky’s EP, High Society


When Audra McDonald reminded us that we are *his* boss.

She has six Tony Awards, a Drama Desk Award, and a run in the show Private Practice. She also doesn't take kindly to the new president. Though many Broadway stars have used words of compassion and togetherness to unite people under this new regime, none did so as eloquently as Audra McDonald. She reminded us that Trump is our employee, and his new job involves serving us, not the other way around. Can we say “you’re fired” yet?


That time Bette Midler roasted his reliability with the ladies.

Bette Midler, the star of the upcoming Hello Dolly revival, is known for her boisterous personality and outspokenness. This extends to her political views as well, as she called out The Donald’s precariousness with women. Can you blame her? This is, after all, the same guy that bragged about sexually assaulting women and was in the midst of a trial for raping a minor.


When Jennifer Holliday pulled out of performing at Trump’s inauguration.

Dreamgirls star Jennifer Holliday canceled a mere 24 hours after the announcement that she would perform at the inaugural concert due to pressure from her fanbase, largely comprised of LGBT and people of color. She stated that she did not realize the performance would be interpreted as support for Donald Trump, and apologized for her lack of judgment. It’s okay, Jen. Not only did you refuse to give him your support, but your cancellation brought this video from the Miss Arkansas pageant of 2010 to the surface of the Internet (again).  

We’ll consider it a nice consolation prize slash NO THANKS THIS PERFORMANCE IS A LITERAL NIGHTMARE!

Need to cleanse your palate? Check out Holliday's lifechanging performance for both her and the entire gd world:

Hamilton vs the President-Elect

Hamilton vs the President-Elect

What happened? VP-elect Mike Pence came to see Hamilton on Broadway on the Friday November 18. The crowd booed (and some cheered) when he walked into the room just before the show started. After the curtain call, Brandon Victor Dixon, who plays Aaron Burr, gave a short speech addressing Pence as he left the audience. The official @HamiltonBroadway Twitter account posted the video of the speech, which you can watch here to the right. The President-elect then went on an overnight Twitter tirade saying that Pence was "harassed" and said the cast showed "terrible behavior" towards him. He then continued to angrily tweet about it, saying that he has even heard that the show is "overrated". Many suggest that he was simply trying to distract from his $25M Trump University settlement earlier that day. Pence went on to say that he was "not offended" on television on Sunday morning. However, the hashtag #BoycottHamilton trended among those who agreed with the President-elect. It will be very surprising if any of this affects ticket sales, especially considering the week after the "boycott", Hamilton broke a record with the most revenue brought in for a Broadway show in one week at $3.3M.

Header Image: brandonvictordixon.com

Jonathan Groff on The Tonight Show

Jonathan Groff on The Tonight Show

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Drunk History

Lin-Manuel Miranda on Drunk History

An under-the-influence Lin-Manuel Miranda goes on Comedy Central's Drunk History to tell us the story of Alexander Hamilton. Aubrey Plaza shines (duh!) as Aaron Burr in this hilarious re-enactments. Watch the full episode here if you can login with your cable provider. 

Screen grab from video link on www.cc.com