Transgender Actor MJ Rodriguez Thanks Telsey + Company For HAMILTON Audition

By: May. 20, 2016
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Transgender actress M.J. Rodriguez used her Facebook page to publicly thank HAMILTON's casting directors at Telsey + Company for the opportunity to audition for the role of Peggy Schuyler.

"This makes me so happy to know they are aware of the Transgender community," she writes. "To me a callback or booking wasn't my goal, my goal was to just be seen as the woman I have become, as well as show I can do the work."

Rodriguez received a 2011 Clive Barnes Award for her performance as Angel in the Off-Broadway revival of RENT.

HAMILTON opened on August 6, 2015 at Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre. The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Rory O'Malley (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, PhilipHamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).

With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire,Hamiltonis based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father AlexanderHamilton.

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway,HAMILTON is the story of America then, as told by America now.

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