It has been confirmed that Filipina singer-actress Rachelle Ann Go to join the cast for the Manila run of Hamilton starting in September.
The hip-hop musical’s original Tony, Grammy, Olivier, and Pulitzer Prize-winning creative team unveiled yesterday the full company for the new international tour set to kick off in the Philippines.
The singer originated the role of Eliza Hamilton, wife to American founding father Alexander Hamilton, in London’s West End back in 2017. Go is thrilled to be officially returning to the stage to reprise the role since giving birth to her second child, baby girl Sela Teruah, with husband Martin Spies last March.
Rachelle last starred in a musical as Fantine in the UK and Ireland tour of Les Miserables.
“So… Who’s excited Manila?! ME,” she wrote on Instagram. “It’s happening! 🇵🇭🇵🇭🇵🇭 represent!!!
GMG Productions also announced the other cast members: Jason Arrow as Alexander Hamilton, Deaundre’ Woods as Aaron Burr, David Park as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Akina Edmonds as Angelica Schuyler, and Elandrah Eramiha as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.
Completing the company’s 34 performers are Claire Abaijah-Griffin, Kirrah Amosa, Curtis Angus, Kyla Bartholomeusz, Taylor Broadard, Trey Curtis, Aniya Danée, Lachlan Dearing, Winston Hillyer, Indigo Hunt, Marcus John, Julian Kuo, Iosefa Laga’aia, Ashton Lash, HaNy Lee, Terrance Martin, Trevor Miles, Eliza Ohman, Callan Purcell, Joshua Rivera, Wesley Ryan, Emmy Saheki, Terrance Spencer and Dayton Tavares.
Rachelle said she’s excited to bring the magnificent show to the country and share it to her fellow Filipinos.
“I’m so, so excited and thrilled to be able to bring this show and share it with our kababayans… It’s really my dream to do this role in Manila,” the Broadway and West End actress told The STAR over a Zoom interview ahead of the cast reveal.
“To be able to share this with our kababayans, it’s such a big thing. And the first time they offered this role to me — it was this year — I knew I was gonna do it. I just don’t know how because I knew I was going to give birth in March and how can I do this show with two kids, how can I sing again? So it’s mixed emotions — excited and nervous at the same time.”
Due to Hamilton’s success, it has gone on to play seasons in London’s West End, Australia, Germany, Canada, and New Zealand.
It will, however, make its Asian premiere this year in the country, as earlier announced no less by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, winner of 11 Tony Awards, seven Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theatre Album.
Hamilton narrates the tale of Alexander Hamilton, a prominent figure among America’s founding fathers. This musical has gained significant praise for its revolutionary impact on theater, achieved through its diverse cast and a remarkable score that seamlessly blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B, and Broadway elements.
After its first stop in Manila, Hamilton will travel next to Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, other countries and cities will be further announced. – WhatALife!/Val