“Renee, Phillipa, and I had such a tight bond and we were singing all together constantly. Lin-Manuel Miranda actually rewrote ‘The Schuyler Sisters’ and put more harmonies in and made it more who we are when we’re together.”-Jasmine Cephas Jones
In case you were curious… I just found these role descriptions really interesting!
ALEXANDER HAMILTON: Male. Non-white, 30s, Tenor-Baritone. An earnest, ambitious hothead, a man possessed. Speaks his mind, no matter the cost. Must be able to rap VERY well. Eminem meets Sweeney Todd.
AARON BURR: Male. Non-white, 20s-30s, Tenor/Baritone, sings and raps in equal measure. Our narrator. A cool, steely reserve. An orphan raised in wealth, plays his cards and opinions close to the vest. Slow to anger, but when he gets there, look out. Javert meets Mos Def.
ELIZA HAMILTON: Female. Non-white, 20s – 30s, Soprano. Fiercely loyal, self-possessed, proud. Evolves from lovesick, wealthy young woman to the sole keeper of her late husband’s legacy. Alicia Keys meets Elphaba.
ANGELICA SCHUYLER: Female. Non-white, 20s-30s, Mezzo - Soprano, MUST be able to sing and rap well. Fierce, dazzling, brilliant, can read a room and everyone in it instantly. Deeply in love with Hamilton, who is married to her beloved sister Eliza. Nicki Minaj meets Desiree Armfeldt.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Male. Non-white, 30s-40s, Tenor/Baritone, sings and raps in equal measure. Authoritative, regal, aloof, aware of his place in history at all times. John Legend meets Mufasa.
MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE/THOMAS JEFFERSON (dual role): Male. Non-white, 20s-30s, Tenor/Baritone, MUST be able to sing and rap well. LAFAYETTE is an earnest, idealistic Frenchman who reveals himself to be a superb military commander/rapper. Think Lancelot meets Ludacris. JEFFERSON is relaxed, jazzy, brilliant, whose effortless cool is ruffled ONLY by Hamilton. Harold Hill meets Drake.
HERCULES MULLIGAN/JAMES MADISON (dual role): Male. Non-white, 20s-30s, Tenor/baritone, MUST be able to sing and rap well. MULLIGAN is the life of the party, dripping with swagger, streetwise and hilarious. Joins the revolution to get out of being a tailor’s apprentice, and befriends Laurens, Hamilton and Lafayette. Busta Rhymes meets Donald O’Connor. MADISON is incisively intelligent, quiet, professonial. A former Hamilton ally, he becomes Jefferson’s detail man concerning all matters—he gets things done. RZA meets Zach from A Chorus Line.
JOHN LAURENS/PHILIP HAMILTON (dual role): Male. Non-white, 18 - 20s, Tenor, MUST be able to sing and rap well. LAURENS is an ardent young abolitionist and idealist, born into privilege, joining the Revolution. Hamilton’s loyal best friend. Nas meets Elder Price. PHILIP HAMILTON. Prodigious, full of life, a wordsmith in the mold of his father Alexander. Tupac meets J. Pierrepont Finch.
PEGGY SCHUYLER/MARIA REYNOLDS (dual role.): Female. Non-white, 18 - 20s, Mezzo-Soprano. PEGGY SCHUYLER: sweet, shy, youngest of the three Schuyler Sisters. The Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child. MARIA REYNOLDS: sultry, young, calculating. Affects the role of a damsel in distress to seduce Hamilton. Jazmine Sullivan meets Carla from Nine.