Hamilton appears to be everywhere and going where other musicals haven’t gone before.
Hamilton is based off the true life of Alexander Hamilton, which should be a historically a white cast and there is an Asian as the leading woman. Orginally Phillipa Soo was told she would need to be change her last name or else she wouldn’t get cast. You know how that portrays the racism in Broadway. But Broadway has always been ahead of hollywood in diversity. Les mis etc. Here’s the thing- the casting directors were actively searching for a diverse cast. Voila Davis when she won for her role in How to Get Away With Murder she said ” the only thing separating people (especially women of color ) is opportunity. People cannot win awards for roles that simply aren’t there. Already a grammy award winning musical, it’s sure to be a Tony award winning musical after being nominated. Even for casting calls- they are even considering a female aaron burr. Though Hollywood has movies ( tyler perry, roles for all races)- the problem is people don’t see actors of color as well like in hamilton as leaders like president etc. Often movies that are star leading people of color talks about their struggle. ( Miss Saigon)-These stories are so important and vital and need to be told, especially if we want to open minds and teach others about other cultures. But it’s important to realize people of color, are more than our struggles and the trials we’ve encountered- they’re leaders, they are mothers and fathers, and lovers, or people with disabilities, non cis, etc.
“If you watched the Oscars, the word ‘diversity’ seemed to mean black and white. That was it,” said Takei, reached by phone Tuesday morning. “We were absolutely aghast to see they compounded that by having a joke about Asian American children. How insensitive and how ignorant.”
Eliza and her sister Angelica portray both historically accurate women though they don’t break that “role”- they continue to use these characters and make it known that perhaps the story was about Hamilton but they weren’t just sitting on the sideline.