Miguel Cervantes is the current Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway production of Hamilton in New York. Prior to that, he has performed the title role in the Chicago production of Hamilton and has appeared as part of the ensemble in the original Broadway productions of If/Then and American Idiot.
Recently, Miguel has joined the production of A Killer Party: A Murder Mystery Musical, streaming now. He stars as Clarke Staples in this hilarious and irreverent send-up of the classic murder mystery. The fully-produced (from home!) 9-episode musical “is a collaboration between more than 40 Broadway professionals all working together remotely, bringing together actors and musicians, writers and creatives, press agents, backstage personnel, and post-production editors and mixers.”
1. What inspired you to become an actor?
My mom took me to an audition when I was 10. I had never thought of “acting” before. I wanted to be a soccer player. I got a part in a kid’s musical and found a community of people that I loved. I never looked back.
2. Who in your field inspires you?
I am inspired by so many people right now. So many people are using this time to demand change and force the world to listen. I am especially moved by the amazing stuff that the #HamFam, past and present, has done to make our world better. If that is not why we do what we do, then I don’t know what is.
3. What will audiences be most excited about seeing in Hamilton?
I think the most exciting time when we return will be the first chords [in the opening song of Hamilton, “Alexander Hamilton”] “DA, DA DA DUM DUM DUM.” It means the beginning. Not just of our show, but of our return to making art, to making people feel all the feelings. I know I miss that. I can’t wait.
4. What are some things you’ve always wanted to do that you’re able to spend time on now?
I have been spending time learning Spanish. It has been a goal of mine to try to get better. I mean my name is Miguel Cervantes — I have no excuse. VAMOS!
5. What NYC spot are you missing most now?
Blockheads. Too many margaritas outside surrounded by everyone we know.
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