Friday 09th December 2016,

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Phillipa Soo Nominated for Best Actress in Hamilton

posted by Randall
Phillipa Soo

Phillipa Soo as
Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton

Phillipa Soo who plays Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza in the hit Broadway musical Hamilton has been nominated for a Tony for Best Actress.

Soo’s nomination was one of a record 16 nominations garnered by the Broadway sensation.

In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter in November, Soo said “So I’m half-Chinese and half white, and it wasn’t until being part of this show — even though I’ve been in other mixed race casts — that I have been considered an actor of color. Up until now, I haven’t been talking about being an Asian American woman! I don’t know why, but clearly it has something to do with the statement that we’re making in our show, and that you’re seeing so many different colors that you’re thinking, “Wait a minute, what is everybody?” I was in Natasha Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, a Russian story based on Tolstoy and with a mixed race cast. But it wasn’t a mixed race cast playing Russian people; it was just us telling the story. Because of who I was playing opposite, I think people assumed I was white. It depends on the frame that highlights different things.

Also, it hasn’t been until now that I received this beautiful letter from this young woman who thanked me for representing Chinese American people in the theater. That’s never happened to me before! But it’s beautiful because I feel like as amazing as it is to acknowledge, it’s also amazing on the other side that people don’t even think twice about it [in Hamilton].

You can get a taste of Soo’s musical prowess here in this clip.
 

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