Producer Jeffrey Seller announced August 1 that Mandy Gonzalez, who created the role of Nina Rosario in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights and can currently be seen on the hit TV shows Madam Secretary and Quantico, will return to Broadway and the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 West 46th St.) in October in Miranda's Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Hamilton.
Gonzalez will step into the role of Angelica Schuyler. She succeeds Renée Elise Goldsberry, who won the 2016 Tony Award for the role. Goldsberry’s final performance and Gonzalez’s debut will be announced at a later date.
Gonzalez also starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked. Other Broadway roles include Princess Amneris in Aida; Lennon; and Sarah in the original cast of Dance of the Vampires. The actress has performed with symphonies across the country and around the world, and is currently working on her first solo CD, set to release in 2017.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, music direction/orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The musical won 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton.
The musical, according to press notes, 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, told by America now.”
The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.