Marc delaCruz pushes for AAPI Representation as he became the first Asian-American to portray Alexander Hamilton on Broadway’s hit Hamilton. Now that Broadway is back for the time since the pandemic, Marc reprises his character as the Founding Father. He is of Filipinio-Japanese descent and first took the spotlight in this role in 2019.
Playing opposite of him is Jin Ha as Aaron Burr, a Korean-American. AAPI excellence is on the rise and they’re here to show the next generation that they’re capable of doing it too.
Marc went from joining the Broadway cast at Richard Rodgers Theatre as an ensemble member to the lead role. In addition to the title role, he is the understudy for Philip Hamilton, John Laurens and King George, and covers the roles of Philip Schuyler / Doctor / James Reynolds. His Playbill shows that Marc has had 20 roles to date in the productions of Hamilton and If/Then.
His first “big break” came as a sophomore in college at the University of Washington, when Northwest Asian American Theatre cast delaCruz as Matt in The Fantasticks. It was his first large-scale performance, but was on stage for the first time at 9 years old. He was casted in a production of A Christmas Carol at ACT Theatre in Seattle.
Even after the production of Hamilton ends, Marc plans to stay in New York. If you’re in the NYC area, let us know if you check out the production. We want to know your experience, tweet us at @myxnews!
Cover Photo Credit: Marc delaCruz Facebook