PSA: You can audition for "Hamilton" this spring!
From day one, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s celebrated musical, Hamilton, has been inclusive. Though, it tells the story of founding father Alexander Hamilton and his compatriots, the characters, many of whom were white in real life, are played by gifted actresses and actors of all colors and creeds. The results? A show that’s sure to go down in history as one of the most original and diverse musicals ever written.
Now, it looks like Miranda is taking Hamilton’s inclusivity to a whole other level. According to Instagram posts from Roots drummer/all-around awesome person Questlove and the official Hamilton website, the musical will hold open auditions – meaning anyone can try out — for parts in April and May.
So far, it looks like there will be four auditions for “non-white men and women” in their 20s and 30s looking to perform on Broadway or for the show’s upcoming national tour. The first is an open call for rappers in San Francisco on Sunday, April 10. That will be followed by an open audition for hip-hop dancers in Los Angeles on Thursday, April 14. Then there will be another audition for rappers in Los Angeles on Saturday, April 16 before rappers in the New York City area are invited to show off at an open call on Tuesday, May 3.
Rappers are encouraged to bring sheet music for a pop or rock song (an accompanist will be provided) along with a resumé and picture with their contact information. Dancers are encouraged to wear sneakers (and heels, if you’re a woman), as well as bringing a resumé and picture. For those who can’t make it to any of these cities, but still want their one shot, you’re more than welcome to enter via video audition. Just send an unlisted video of your performance, a current picture and resumé, and contact information (along with your birthday and current location) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Good luck, future Hamiltonians!