On January 19, 2019, Filipino-Japanese with an American descent, Marc dela Cruz debuted his role as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway, becoming the first Asian-American to play the titular character.
On a Facebook post, actress Olivia Oguma praised dela Cruz saying, “I have never been more proud of anyone. I’m so happy for you.”
He first joined Hamilton’s cast in November last year, playing multiple roles including: revolutionary general Philip Schuyler, the congressman from Tennessee James Reynolds, and Philip Hamilton’s doctor. He also understudies the characters of his son Philip Hamilton, King George, and John Laurens.
On his instagram post last December 2018, he marked his debut in the play saying: “I am FILLED WITH GRATITUDE for the creators and originators of Hamilton. It’s an honor to help share this astoundingly crafted and important piece of theater.”
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I think this video adequately represents my experience these past few weeks. Today I made my debut in Hamilton on Broadway. The love and support from this company is enormous and they have welcomed me with open arms. I’d like to say thank you to all of the extraordinary, hardworking people who make this show happen, to everyone at the Richard Rodgers Theatre who warmly welcomed me into the family, my incredible managers @davidmkrasner and @terryjsaperstein, the wonderful team at Telsey and an especially big thank you to the passionate and patient souls who taught me the show and got me ready. I am FILLED WITH GRATITUDE for the creators and originators of Hamilton. It’s an honor to help share this astoundingly crafted and important piece of theater. Special thank you to @jmiglehart for his words and @carvenslissaint for capturing the moment. #hamiltonbroadway #hamfam #isthisreallyhappening #wholiveswhodieswhotellsyourstory #linmanuelmiranda
Dela Cruz was born in Hawaii. His father, Roy dela Cruz, is a Filipino who immigrated to America after the second World War. His mother, Rochelle, is of mixed-race and was born in Hawaii. She was the one who first introduced him to theater.
In an interview with New York-based Filipino-American magazine “The FilAm” he said, “I am over the moon to be a part of Hamilton.”
“I’ve been a fan of Lin-Manuel Miranda since I saw ‘In the Heights’ and I always wondered at the possibility of being in something he created.” he added.
Other half-Filipino actors in Hamilton’s Broadway casts are Karla Garcia and Isa Briones. Meanwhile, Rachelle Ann Go and Christine Allado joined the London cast of the musical.
The play gained multiple awards, including a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album, Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and 11 Tony Awards.