Hip-hop history musical Hamilton has already broken boundaries (and records), but the show isn’t going to stop at winning Grammys. A recent casting call reveals that the play is looking to audition both males and females for the roles of George Washington and Aaron Burr.
This is great, interesting news from a musical that has been great and interesting throughout its entire run, and it delivers on something that creator Lin-Manuel Miranda said back in November of 2015.
“So 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 once this gets to schools,” Miranda is quoted as saying, but it should be noted that he’s talking about high school productions. These casting calls are for an upcoming tour and professional productions in Chicago, as well as replacements for the Broadway show.
Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly stated that auditions were occurring for Philadelphia productions; rather, auditions are being held in Philadelphia for Chicago, Broadway, and touring productions.