Hamilton is one of the most diverse musicals in Broadway history, with creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda casting people of color in virtually every role. And now, it seems like the production is going to be even more groundbreaking.
Entertainment Weekly (opens in new tab) reports that a casting call in Philadelphia is open to both men and women for two main characters: Aaron Burr and George Washington. Here's how the listings read on Backstage.com (opens in new tab):
Aaron Burr, Seeking: ages 20-39, African American, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African Descent. Non-white, tenor/baritone, sings and raps in equal measure. Our narrator. A cool, steely reserve. An orphan raised in wealth, plays his cards and opinions close to the vest. Slow to anger, but when he gets there, look out. Javert meets Mos Def.
George Washington, Seeking: ages 30-49, African American, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, African Descent. Authoritative, regal, aloof, aware of his place in history at all times. John Legend meets Mufasa; tenor/baritone, sings and raps in equal measure.
It would be incredible to see a woman play America's first president, and it's been done before. Check out the women of Hamilton performing all-male parts during a "Ham4Ham" preshow:
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