This Latina Just Scored The Broadway Role Of A Lifetime
Mandy Gonzales knows a thing or two about musicals.
The 37-year-old singer has performed in some of this generation’s most beloved musicals: “In The Heights” and “Wicked.” Now she can add to that list the role of Angelica Schuyler Church from “Hamilton,” the Broadway titan with 11 Tony awards under its belt. “Even though I’ve done ‘Wicked’ and I’ve done these other shows that have been big,” Gonzalez told the Associated Press, “this [Hamilton] is really – it’s really something special.”
Mandy’s connection to the “Hamilton” cast goes all the way back to 2004.
On the set of “In The Heights,” the singer first met Lin Manuel Miranda, the show’s co-writer. Her love interest in the musical was played by Chris Jackson, who plays George Washington in “Hamilton.” When Gonzales first read for the part of Nina Rosario in “In The Heights” back in 2004, she knew that Miranda was someone she needed to work with. “I had never heard anything like it,” Gonzales told The Herald. “I had never seen anything like him. And I’ve been working with him ever since.” When Renée Elise Goldsberry, the singer who originally portrayed Angelica, left to pursue other opportunities, Mandy was ready to step into the demanding role.
PBS is giving fans of “Hamilton” an extraordinary behind the scenes look.
On October 21, PBS will air “Hamilton’s America,” an experience that puts the viewer into world of Lin Manuel Miranda as he created what would become his masterpiece. We know now that tickets for “Hamilton” are notorious for their scarcity and their price. And we know that people shell out more than $2,000 for a single ticket, and the musical is currently expected to earn over a billion dollars in its lifetime. But what we don’t know is how it all began. “Hamilton’s America” airs on Friday, October 21 at 9/8c on PBS. People who prefer to stream should check out the website here.
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