Japanese-Filipino Actor Is First Asian-American To Play Hamilton On Broadway
This Asian-American actor just made history on the most popular show on Broadway.
Hit Broadway musical Hamilton now has an Asian-American actor in the lead role for the first time ever. Read all about Marc dela Cruz, the Filipino Hamilton, here.
Marc dela Cruz, who was born in Hawaii to a Filipino father and a mother of Japanese and American descent, made his debut as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway on January 19, 2019.
He joined the Hamilton cast in November 2018, playing several roles that included revolutionary general Philip Schuyler, the Tennessee congressman James Reynolds, and Philip Hamilton's doctor. Dela Cruz also understudied the roles of the "Founding Father without a father", his son Philip Hamilton, King George, and the South Carolina statesman John Laurens.
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“Thank you to the Ham Fam and everyone who supported me from near and far on my first couple of outings going on as Alexander Hamilton," he wrote on Instagram. "This show continues to amaze and thrill me. Whether I'm on as Man 5 or as Ham I love being able to help tell this story."
“I am over the moon to be a part of Hamilton,” he told The FilAm. “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.”
Just being able to audition was a thrill, and when he learned that he passed the auditions and would be joining the cast, he couldn't believe it.
“I had been listening to the cast recording for so long and had become such a fan of the music. Suddenly I’m finding out that I’m going to be singing it every night on Broadway—it all took a second to sink in. After getting off the phone with my manager I think I just sat in my living room for a long time in silence. I had been given such a gift and I immediately felt grateful. Then I told my parents and they freaked out!”
(Featured image: @marc_delacruz on Instagram)