NEW YORK — In about two weeks, Filipino Broadway star Rachelle Ann Go will be taking her final bow as Gigi Van Tranh in Miss Saigon on Broadway.
She’ll be taking on the biggest role of her life in the West End production of the acclaimed musical “Hamilton.”
Go is soon London-bound to play the role of Eliza Schuyler Hamilton, the wife of America’s founding father, Alexander Hamilton, and co-founder of the first private orphanage in New York City.
“I listened to the album, tapos na inlove na naman ako sa music niya sabi ko Lord parang gusto ko to, nung narinig ko yung songs ni eliza, sabi ko this is what I want,” she shared. “At that point ki-claim ko na, sabi ko I’m gonna do this role.”
And she got her dream role last December, even before she got to actually watch the highly acclaimed musical, Hamilton, created by Tony, Grammy and Emmy winner Lin Manuel Miranda.
“The first time i saw it, naiyak ako, sabi ko naku, I’m gonna be part of this show, you know, it’s a big thing. It’s such an amazing show.”
But Rachelle is not the only Filipina in Hamilton.
She will be joined by another Filipina, Cristine Allado who will portray Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in the West End production.
“I’m so excited ’cause I’m a fangirl; I love the show before I got the job, it’s a dream come true,” she said. “And I’m excited to share it with Rachelle Ann Go who is playing my sister, so it’s amazing.”
While Hamilton is a big step forward in her theater career, Go says, saying goodbye to her Miss Saigon family is the hardest part of it all.
She says she’ll be missing her Filipino cast mates.
Fans can still catch Rachelle play Gigi in Miss Saigon until August 5th at the Broadway Theater.