Edited by Gabrielle

Yesterday, August 4th, I attended an AOL Build Session with Christopher Jackson of In the Heights fame (hosted by Laura Heywood) as he discussed his newest project, Broadway’s hottest ticket, Hamilton. Jackson takes on the role of war hero, Founding Father, and the first president of the United States, George Washington. The two of them chatted about Hamilton’s upcoming Opening Night, the show’s journey from a sold-out run off-Broadway to the Richard Rodgers theater, and the incredible success of the #Ham4Ham lottery.


Here are a few highlights from the interview:
Jackson talked about why he likes the #Ham4Ham lottery show, where cast members of Hamilton come out to hang out with the lottery crowd outside the theater. He says it’s a great way to interact with the fans of the show. “That’s the beautiful part about theater being able to share a moment of time,” he explained.


I asked the question “what are the differences and similarities between being a part of In the Heights and being in Hamilton, two musicals with Lin-Manuel Miranda at the helm. He explained that his costumes are different and harder to get into when he wears his George Washington costume, but he likes the costumes and the ruffles. I also asked about working with Lin, and he gushed. “The beautiful part about working with Lin is that it’s a very familiar feeling since I already worked with him during In the Heights. He just makes it a very friendly atmosphere.” He added that there were a lot of similarities, but one in particular he likes a lot is that both shows were staged at the same theater, so he knows all of the shortcuts. “It’s just a thrill,” he said.

Hamilton is a musical written by Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The musical is a history lesson in the very interesting style of Broadway hip-hop and rap.

You can feel free to watch the whole session here:

You can feel free to watch the whole session here:

Hamilton is not a show to be missed! Visit Hamilton for ticket information.

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