Who is Rachel John and what is Hamilton? One question is easy to answer so lets deal with that first.
HAMILTON is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
The next question is, who will be joining this record breaking Broadway musical when it comes to the London Stage? With a mix of old school musical and RnB vibe the cast has to be suitably diverse and have a talent to tug at the heart strings. This exhibition is a moving one.
Joining the cast will be Rachel John as Angelica Schuyler, who is Rachel John? She's a rising talent in the West End, most recently giving Beverley Knight a run for her money in The Bodyguard Musical. Rachel's acting and vocal gymnastics are heavenly and coupling them with the role of Angelica is surely something not to be missed.
There are other great names joining the cast but this one makes us regret not having the funds to pick up tickets to the show in the first round of pre-sales.
Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds) played Vanessa in In The Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre, understudied the role of Imelda in Here Lies Love at the National Theatre and was a Guest Artist for Andrea Bocelli's Cinema World Tour.
Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton) previously played Gigi in Cameron Mackintosh’s 2014 West End production of Miss Saigon a role she will reprise on Broadway this March. She most recently played Fantine in Les Misérables both in Manila where the new Asian tour opened, and then in the West End. Her other roles include Ariel in The Little Mermaid and Jane Porter in Tarzan, both also in her native country, the Philippines, where she is a major recording artist.
Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison) will graduate from ArtsEd in summer 2017. Hamilton will mark his professional and West End stage debut.
Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson) was Olivier Nominated for the roles of Bobby Dupree in Memphis and Jacob in La Cage Aux Folles. His other West End credits include Paul in Kiss Me, Kate at the Old Vic and Sammy Davis Junior in The Rat Pack at the Savoy Theatre. As part of Edinburgh’s Christmas 2016 programme Pennycooke choreographed Five Guys Named Moe for Underbelly Productions in association with Cameron Mackintosh.
Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) played Sonny in In the Heights at the King’s Cross Theatre and Tommy Keeler in Annie Get Your Gun at the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield.
Giles Terera’s (Aaron Burr) previous West End credits include Gary Coleman in Avenue Q, Mafala Hatimbi in The Book of Mormon and Caliban in The Tempest. For the National Theatre he played Slow Drag in Ma Rainey's Black Bottom and Horatio in Hamlet and for the Globe he played Morocco in The Merchant of Venice.
Obioma Ugoala (George Washington) is currently playing Smokey Robinson in Motown the Musical in the West End. His other theatre credits include Richard II, Henry IV part I & II, Henry V and The Merry Wives of Windsor for the Royal Shakespeare Company, Holy Warriors and Antony and Cleopatra for Shakespeare’s Globe and The Physicists for the Donmar Warehouse.
HAMILTON will re-open the Victoria Palace Theatre following an extensive multi-million pound renovation and expansion to the listed building. Find out more here.