More than 70 candidates from the city’s arts and cultural community are vying to be auditions spots for the 2018-19 Broadway musical Hamilton.
The auditions will take place over two days in June at the RBC Centre, on the grounds of the Royal Opera House, on Toronto’s east side.
The casting call is open to theatre graduates, students, artists, actors and other theatregoers.
The Broadway production, which opened on Broadway in May, is the first musical to be produced on Canadian soil.
The production features three main characters: the younger version of Hamilton, Alexander Hamilton, played by the actor Aaron Burr, and his son, George Jr. Both Hamiltons are members of the American Revolutionary War resistance movement.
The two protagonists are also the lead singers in a musical theatre company called the Fiddle and Pawns.
The show was one of a series of auditions being held this week in Toronto and Montreal.
Auditions will also take place at the Royal Toronto Hospital and the Toronto Zoo in Toronto, the Royal Ottawa Hospital and Zoo in Ottawa and the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que.
The Toronto show, which will be the second in the Hamilton series, will be directed by Daniel Hamilton.
Hamilton’s son, Alexander, will also be an actor in the show.
Both are graduates of the Ryerson University theatre school.
The other two stars of the Hamilton musical are Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Hamilton and a veteran of the Canadian theatre world, and Bryan Cranston, the show’s lead actor and former director of Broadway productions, who has appeared in Broadway productions such as Les Misérables, The Musical, A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Hamilton.
(CBC) “The show is an incredible piece of theatre that brings together three generations of Canadians who all come from different backgrounds and backgrounds who all share an incredible passion for theatre and an incredible respect for one another,” said Miranda, who will be performing the show in his first Canadian theatre role.
“I’ve never seen anything quite like it, and I am honored to be part of it.”
Miranda will be joined by Hamilton and his two sons, George Sr. and George Jr., in the cast.
In a statement, the Toronto-based Hamilton producers said the show has a unique dynamic of bringing together a diverse cast of performers who bring a new level of intensity and imagination to a musical.
“Hamilton is a unique and engaging experience for everyone involved,” the statement said.
“Our casting process is both unique and challenging, but also very collaborative, as each auditionee will be asked to write their own audition lines and perform the roles they are asked to play.”
Hamilton, who received the Olivier Award for best performance by an actor-turned-musician last year, is best known for his portrayal of George Washington in the Broadway musical Les Miséricles.
The musical, which premiered in Toronto in March, won the Tony Award for Best Musical.
Hamilton is also the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Canada Arts Prize, a Toronto Foundation Fellowship and the Guggenheim Fellowship.
In an interview with the CBC’s Hamilton, Hamilton said he hopes to have a Broadway musical production of Les Misèles at the Toronto Centre.
He also said he is open for the opportunity to produce an American musical, such as A Minsummer Night�s Dream.
He is also a long-time fan of the Broadway production of The Phantom of the Opera.
He said he was impressed with how the show came together and said he could see himself returning to the theatre if there is a Broadway production in the works.
He called it a “dream come true” to be a part of a musical, saying he is proud to be an integral part of the story.
The audition process is expected to take place on June 25, 2018 at the Ryson Centre.
A second audition is scheduled for July 6.
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