Hamilton Creator Says He's Open to Women Playing the Founding Fathers

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Hamilton creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda says he's open to women playing the Founding Fathers in his musical.

USAToday reported that Miranda, who cast Hamilton's Founding Fathers with a show-stopping group of multiracial actors, would have no objection to taking the non-traditional casting a step further once the rights are available to school productions.

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones
Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones Photo by Joan Marcus

While speaking at an event at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, D.C. Nov. 13, Miranda was asked by an audience member if he could see women in the main roles of the hit musical.

He reportedly replied, "I'm totally open to women playing founding fathers once this goes into the world. I can't wait to see kick-ass women Jeffersons and kickass women Hamiltons once this gets to schools."

He prefaced his endorsement explaining, "My only trouble with doing it on Broadway is [music] keys. Because changing keys is a pain. You can actually hear in [his first musical, In the Heights] how tough it is just to write a duet for a guy and a girl to sing together. It's a challenge as a writer for them both to sound good. So that's my trouble."

He added, "That being said, no one's voice is set in high school."

USAToday reported a "very, very enthusiastic reaction of the young women in the crowd."

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