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Open Casting Call for 'Hamilton' Posted Online: Looking For Rappers & Singers

By Ian Holubiak i.holubiak@classicalite.com on Dec 17, 2015 01:07 PM EST
'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night - Arrivals And Curtain Call Lin-Manuel Miranda performs at 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo : Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

One of Broadway's biggest plays in recent years, Hamilton, is holding open auditions. In the online posts, they are seeking performers who are "extremely skilled at rapping and singing" for a Broadway recasting and national tour casting.

While it might be the chance of a lifetime, Lin-Manuel Miranda's brainchild performance production is no easy feat. In it, Miranda interweaves popular music and history to create one of the freshest interpretations of America's founding father, Alexander Hamilton.

The call is broken down into two components, one asking to show your vocal range by singing a cotemporary production (i.e. a pop/rock song) and one asking to show your skill level. By "skill" they most likely mean your ability to spit words as fast as Mr. Miranda, who is shown below to have a mastery of material.

But to score a part in the cast would mean a chance to perform for a sold out crowd in a production that has stunned critics. Marilyn Stasio wrote:

"The music is exhilarating, but the lyrics are the big surprise. The sense as well as the sound of the sung dialogue has been purposely suited to each character. George Washington, a stately figure in Jackson's dignified performance, sings in polished prose... But in the end, Miranda's impassioned narrative of one man's story becomes the collective narrative of a nation, a nation built by immigrants who occasionally need to be reminded where they came from."

Casting directors Telsey + Company are ready to bring in new blood to the show -- not that it's in need of a transfusion though. With dense lyrics and unique history lesson, Hamilton is the top contender at the Tony Awards next year.

Think you're up for the task? Compare yourself to Mr. Lin-Manuel Miranda below as part of your preparations to audition.

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