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Watch Rachelle Ann Go, Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton in Mash-Up to Celebrate Opening Night in London

Lin-Manuel Miranda's Pulitzer and Tony award-winning musical made its official West End premiere on December 21.
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Hamilton: An American Musical made its London debut on December 6, with two Filipina stage actors in the cast. Rachelle Ann Go plays one of the lead characters, Eliza Hamilton. Christine Allado plays Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.

Pulitzer- and Tony-winning actor and composer Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical about the life of American Founding Father Alexander Hamilton started later than the initially planned November 21 date due to reconstructions and renovations at the Victoria Palace Theatre.

See images from the West End production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton below:

To celebrate opening night, the cast of Hamilton including Rachelle Ann Go and Christine Allado released a video performing a lively mash-up of their favorite Hamilton songs with some British hits. The campaign is titled #Ham4Ham, and features hit songs such as Adele’s “Hello”, Spice Girls’ “Wannabe,” and The Beatles’ “Help!”

Watch the #Ham4Ham mash-up below:

Rachelle Ann Go started her career as a singer and actress in the Philippines before she moved to London in 2014 and quickly became one of West End’s stage favorites. She played the roles of Gigi in the West End’s restaging of Miss Saigon (2014), Fantine in Les Miserables (2015), and was involved in other international acts. This year, apart from her role as Eliza in Hamilton, she made her New York Broadway debut as Gigi in its production of Miss Saigon.

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Christine Allado, on the other hand, was in the local spotlight last year after she sang a duet with Andrea Bocelli at his Manila performance. But she has been a West End staple for years, having played the lead character in London’s In the Heights, among others. “Can't even express how happy and grateful I am to be joining the original London cast of Hamilton: An American Musical as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds,” she wrote earlier this year on her Facebook page. “Thankful and excited and so thrilled for this project, which I have been a massive fan of and now get to be a part of!”

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Hamilton: An American Musical is a Pulitzer and Tony award-winning production about Alexander Hamilton, the founding father of America, with music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Tickets are currently on sale through June 30, 2018.

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