Meet Fil-Am actor Marc Dela Cruz, the first Pinoy “Alexander Hamilton”

Actor Marc Dela Cruz is the first Filipino-American to bring to life one of America’s founding fathers in the title role of Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.

“It’s a thrill, such an honor, it’s such an epic role. It’s such a beautifully written role that has a very complete arc.”

It took him just a little more than a month of rehearsals before taking the stage as Alexander Hamilton, as a show understudy.

“I got to do my first performance as Hamilton, and I since had done it four times…. the role is so rich so it gives me chance to find something new, especially with this amazing cast… it’s a really powerful show.”

Dancer Karla Garcia is the first Filipina-Americans to join the cast of Hamilton, and she was there to witness that historic moment.

“I was in tears, not just because of his beautiful craftsmanship as an actor but to see a Filipino play the role of Alexander Hamilton embodies somebody you would never think would be a Filipino,” she said. “The characters in our show is fluid, and can be played by anybody.”

Dela cruz also hosted EduHam, a history education program at the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, made possible by an initial $1.46 million grant from the Rockefeller Foundation. It started as a project to help 20,000 New York City public school students see the hot ticket musical for only $10 dollars.

Fil-Am cast members say — Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda made a show where anybody can play any of the roles.

Fans can catch Marc at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway as part of the ensemble playing John Laurens or Philip Schuyler, as well as King George.

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