Asian American Actor Assumes Hamilton Role
For the first time on ever on Broadway, an Asian American actor stepped into the title role of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Marc delaCruz, who is Filipino and Japanese American, made his debut Saturday in the role of Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of the acclaimed, award-winning musical. While it was his first time playing Alexander Hamilton, the Hawai'i native has played several other roles such as Hamilton’s father-in-law Philip Schuyler, James Reynolds, and Hamilton’s doctor. He joined the cast in December. Miranda often speaks about deliberately casting actors of different ethnic backgrounds to play the characters to better represent American diversity today. “I am over the moon to be a part of Hamilton,” he said in an interview. “I’ve been a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda since I saw ‘In the Heights’ and I always wondered at the possibility of being in something he created.” More here.