Filipina actresses join London cast of 'Hamilton'

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines) — Two Filipino actresses will play major roles in the West End production of the theater hit Hamilton: An Americal Musical.

Rachelle Ann Go and Christine Allado will perform the roles of two of the three Schuyler sisters. Go will be playing Eliza Schuyler, the titular character's wife, and Allado will play her sister Peggy.

Allado will also take on a dual role as Maria Reynolds, with whom Alexander Hamilton has an extramarital affair.

Allado revealed their casting online on Friday, tagging Go in a Facebook post. She said she was "thankful and excited and so thrilled for this project which I have been a massive fan of and now get to be a part of."


Go just had her Broadway debut as Gigi in Miss Saigon. She also played Fantine in the West End production of Les Miserables.

Allado took the lead role of Vanessa in the West End production of In the Heights, which was also written by Hamilton composer Lin-Manuel Miranda.

They will be joined by Giles Terera (Aaron Burr), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan and James Madison), Obioma Ugoala (George Washington), and Cleve September (John Laurens and Philip Hamilton), as cited in Broadway's official website. The actor in the lead role has not yet been announced.

Hamilton uses jazz, hiphop, and other varied genres of music to detail the American revolution and the life of Alexander Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of the United States.

The play gained cultural acclaim as it tapped into a colored cast amid racial discrimination and immigration issues in the U.S. It bagged various prizes, including a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 11 Tony Awards.

The West End production of Hamilton will premiere at the Victoria Palace Theater in London on November 21 this year. It will run until June 30, 2018.

Ticket booking will open on Monday.