Renée Elise Goldsberry Was Only Hamilton Star Who Auditioned — "No One Called Me and Offered Me a Job"

News   Renée Elise Goldsberry Was Only Hamilton Star Who Auditioned — "No One Called Me and Offered Me a Job" Angelica Schuyler was "working" from the very beginning.
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renée Elise Goldsberry
Lin-Manuel Miranda and Renée Elise Goldsberry Joseph Marzullo/WENN

"Clearly, they had not seen the 'Rent: [Filmed Live on Broadway]' movie because no one called me and offered me a job!" Goldsberry said on stage at the first-ever BroadwayCon convention during the Hamilton panel.

The cast was asked how they came on board the project. Writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda asked Christopher Jackson to star in Hamilton back when they were starring in In the Heights (during the show, in the show-stopping "96,000" to be exact); Daveed Diggs was asked to join after working with Miranda on Freestyle Love Supreme; Phillipa Soo was asked to play Eliza Hamilton after the creative team saw her in Natasha, Pierre and the Great Commet of 1812; Leslie Odom, Jr. received an email from Miranda to star in a reading; and Jonathan Groff was personally asked when Brian d'Arcy James' musical Something Rotten! fast-tracked to Broadway.

However, Goldsberry auditioned.

"I actually got an appointment for an audition," she said. "Yes, I'm a real person. So… work! I got an appointment from [casting director Bernie] Telsey for an audition for the workshop of Hamilton, and I said no because I had some personal life stuff that I was trying to commit to, but then I heard the demo of Lin singing 'Satisfied,' which is the song that Angelica Schuyler sings… And I was done. I ran to the audition, and thank God! They gave me the job, and my life was changed."

Goldsberry is making her mark on Broadway this season as Angelica, but she starred as Mimi Marquez in the closing company of Rent. On the Hamilton panel, Miranda said he saw her closing-night performance.

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