Congratulations to Marc delaCruz who made history on Friday, January 18, 2019, when he became the first Asian American to star as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.
Marc joined the Broadway cast onstage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre as an ensemble member last December. 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.
In the house to document this historic turn on January 18th was good pal Olivia Oguma, who toured with Marc in Disney’s High School Musical, and expressed her excitement on Facebook in celebrating the first Japanese-Filipino Hamilton.
Olivia returned with her mother, Karen Piperata-Oguma, Marc’s parents Roy delaCruz and Rochelle delaCruz (who made the trek from Hawaii), Laura Brandel, Timothy Huang, Jaygee Macapugay and David McQueen on January 20, 2019.
Hamilton is the story of the unlikely Founding Father determined to make his mark on the new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right-hand man, rebel to war hero, a loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal, to the Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Eliza Hamilton, Thomas Jefferson and Hamilton’s lifelong friend/foil Aaron Burr all make their mark in this astonishing new musical exploration of a political mastermind.
The Broadway Diversity Project writes, ” While Marc is the first Asian American man to play Hamilton on Broadway, we want to shout out to Jin Ha who has played Hamilton in the Chicago production, and Joseph Morales currently playing Hamilton on tour, who is mixed race and of partial Japanese descent.”
I had the good fortune to experience Marc’s leading man status opposite Whitney Bashor Off-Broadway in Keen Company’s revival of the fan favorite musical Ordinary Days by Adam Gwon in November.
Last year, Marc had the opportunity to shine in leading roles in Qui Nguyen’s Vietgone as Quang at Studio Theatre in Washington D.C., and in Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey’s Next to Normal as Dan at Tantrum Theater in Dublin, Ohio.
DC Theatre Scene theater criticwrites, “Marc delaCruz as Quang and Regina Aquino as Tong have a playful chemistry that erupts into eroticism over the course of the play. It certainly helps that delaCruz is one of the most beautiful men I’ve ever seen in my life.
He’s got a great singing voice, too, unsurprising for a Broadway actor.”
Theatermania‘s Barbara Mackay writes, “DelaCruz offers a sensational performance as Quang, whose superpowers are his sensitivity, his dedication to his family, and his intelligence, which allows him to realize that, even if he could get back to Vietnam, there would be nothing for him there but prison.”
NEXT TO NORMAL
Columbus Underground theater critic Richard Sandford writes, “Diana’s husband, Dan (Marc de la Cruz), is white-knuckling, trying to hold everything together and watching his life increasingly slip through his fingers. It’s not uncommon for the Dan character to disappear into the background, surrounded by these flashier, more intense personalities. It’s a tribute to de la Cruz’s performance that this is the rare production of Next to Normal where I had no hesitation in buying the marriage. This Dan lives in a way I’m not quite used to seeing.”
In 2014-15, Marc made his Broadway debut in If/Then by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, directed by Michael Greif. He played David in the National tour opposite Idina Menzel and Anthony Rapp.
Off-Broadway credits include Ordinary Days (Keen Company), Three Days to See (Transport Group) and Pacific Overtures (Classic Stage Company). Tour/International: If/Then, Disney’s High School Musical, The Wedding Banquet and Where Elephants Weep (Cambodia). Regional work includesVietgone (Studio Theatre), Brian Yorkey’s Asian American rock musical Making Tracks and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee as Chip Tolentino (San Jose Rep), and various works with North Carolina Theatre, ReAct, the Northwest Asian American Theatre, the 5th Avenue Theatre and Village Theatre.
He was part of the world premier cast of Allegiance at San Diego’s Old Globe Theatre alongside George Takei and Lea Salonga.
Lia Chang is an actor, a multi-media content producer and co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, making films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Bev’s Girl Films’ debut short film, Hide and Seek was a top ten film in the Asian American Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Filmmaking Competition, and she received a Best Actress nomination. BGF collaborates with and produces multi-media content for artists, actors, designers, theatrical productions, composers, musicians and corporations. Lia is also an internationally published and exhibited photographer, a multi-platform journalist, and a publicist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon, Taxman and Hide and Seek. She is profiled in Jade Magazine and Playbill.com.
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