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'Hamilton' News Makes All Things Better

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | March 4, 2016 |

By Kristy Puchko | Industry | March 4, 2016 |

We know. Hamilton’s massive, all-consuming popularity makes it impossible to get tickets. But you’ve listened to its cast album so many times you’re singing it full-voiced in your sleep and your neighbors are complaining. We’ve all been there.

Good news, friend. The Broadway show’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is coming out with a new Hamilton Mix Tape to which you can channel your fandemonium. Reteaming with The Roots, who produced the cast album, Miranda is pulling together an awe-striking ensemble to record covers of the show’s Grammy-winning tracks as well as new songs inspired by its story. So who’s going to be in the room where it happens?

“So far, Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, Latifah, Common, Chance the Rapper, and others,” Quest Love told Vanity Fair. “People are coming out of the woodwork, knocking on the door. Half the songs are cover versions of songs in the show, and the others are interpolations—we’ll take some of this, some of that, and make something new out of it.”

What other ache can the power of Hamilton heal? How about the lack of great roles for women? Check out this shocking video of real actresses reading actual character descriptions of female roles:

Real Female Actors Reading Real Female Casting Calls

Real Female Actors Reading Real Female Casting Calls Casting Call | The Project #FemaleActors #FemaleCharacters #FemaleRoles#BreakTheMold #ChangeTheNarrative #ContinueTheConversation || Real female actors seeing and reading excerpts from real casting calls for the first time while being captured on film. Thank you to Casting Call Woe for gathering the "Really terrible casting calls from terribly real casting websites." and for supporting our project. ||

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Now be soothed by Hamilton’s expansion of inclusionary casting. A Backstage notice out of Philadelphia urges singers of African American, Hispanic, Asian, South Asian, Native American, Middle Eastern, Southeast Asian / Pacific Islander, Ethnically Ambiguous / Mixed Race, and African Descent to apply for all listed roles. But in this version, woman are also encouraged to audition for George Washington and Aaron Burr!

Miranda’s on board for the new direction. Last fall when asked about such a possibility, he said, “I’m totally open to women playing founding fathers once this goes into the world. I can’t wait to see kick-ass women Jeffersons and kickass women Hamiltons.”

Ladies, it’s time to werk.


Kristy Puchko lives in perpetual fear that she’ll never win Hamilton’s digital ticket lottery New York City.

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Kristy Puchko is the managing editor of Pajiba. You can follow her on Twitter.