Friday, January 27

First casting news for Hamilton the Musical

Hamilton the Musical  has  rehearsals  scheduled to begin in September 2017 with previews from November 21st, and an official opening on December 7th.An initial 150,000 tickets went on presale last week and sold within hours. Another 150,000 will be made available from noon on Monday. They will be sold in a paperless system in a bid to thwart touts.
The first casting news for this production has just broken with Rachelle Ann Go/Eliza Hamilton, Rachel John/Angelica Schuyler Eliza's  sister, Christine Allanda/ Eliza’s sister, Peggy, and Maria Reynolds, Hamilton’s mistressTarinn Callender/soldier Hercules Mulligan and politician James Madison., Giles Terera/Aaron Burr who fought a duel with Hamilton, Obioma Ugoala/George Washington, Cleve September/soldier statesman John Laurens and Hamilton’s son, Philip, Christine Allado/Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds and Jason Pennycooke as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson one of Hamilton's bitter rivals. The title role which Miranda wrote for himself and that of and King George III have yet to be cast. Miranda is  in London filming Mary Poppins Returns, won’t be available until some time in 2018 should he want to appear.

Rachelle Ann Go  made her musical debut in 2011 portraying Ariel in Disney's The Little Mermaid, for which she was awarded a Best Actress award from Broadway World Philippine Awards. She was nominated a second time in 2013 for her portrayal of Jane Porter in Tarzan. Her  West End career includes the 2014 hit revival of Miss Saigon, portraying Gigi Van Tranh and the 30th anniversary staging of "Les Miserables" in the role of the ill-fated Fantine. She is scheduled to appear in the new Broadway production of the show.
Rachel John has been in  international tours of The Lion King, Rent, and We Will Rock You. She has appeared in  West End in Sister Act the Musical and and as "Meat" in We Will Rock You.

Christine Allado's has  starred in productions such as "The Phantom of the Opera: Revue" as Christine Daea, "Hairspray" as Amber Von Tussle and "Joseph the Dreamer" in the Philippines. Her international work includes appearances in Hong Kong's "High School Musical" and "The Golden Mickeys" She has been seen on the West End in a featured role and as an understudy in Sir Tim Rice's new musical "From Here to Eternity"

Giles Terera was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical for his appearance in Jailhouse Rock and for Best Takeover in a Role in a theatrical production of The Rat Pack as Sammy Davis, Jr. and Best Ensemble Performance in Avenue Q. In 2007 he became the first Black actor to play Christy in Dublins Abbey Theatre production of Playboy of the Western World. In 2011 Terera played Caliban in Trevor Nunn's production of The Tempest opposite Ralph Fiennes at Haymarket Theatre. In addition to his numerous stage appearances Terera has made occasional appearances in film and television.

Obioma Ugoala appeared as as Smokey Robinson in the West End production of Berry Gordy's Motown. Ugoala has also been seen in Royal Shakespeare Company's "King and Country" which ran at the Brooklyn Academy Of Music. Past theatre credits for Cleve September include the West End production of another Lin-Manuel Miranda musical, "In the Heights". 

Tarinn Callender is new  to the West End, and is a graduate of Arts Educational Schools London.

Jason Pennycooke is from the West End production of Motown where he played   Bobby Dupree. Other stage credits include  the Menier Chocolate Factory production of, La Cage Aux Folles, Trevor Nunn's  production  Kiss Me, Kate at Chichester Festival Theatre, Stomp, The Big Life, and Rent.

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