Lee cast in Chicago production of ‘Hamilton’

The 2013 alum chosen for a major role in the Tony Award-winning musical that has become a national sensation
Following up on its spectacular opening run on Broadway, the Tony Award-winning musical “Hamilton” will open in Chicago this fall — with McCallie alumnus Chris D. Lee ’13 in a prominent role.

Mr. Lee, a student at Belmont University in Nashville, was cast in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson for the production that open Sept. 27 at Chicago’s PrivateBank Theatre. Tickets for the Chicago production went on sale June 21 generating massive lines of people eager to purchase tickets.

To get the role, Mr. Lee submitted a video audition which attracted the attention of producers preparing the Chicago production. He was then called to New York for live auditions where he won the roles of Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.

The casting of Mr. Lee and other members of the Chicago production of “Hamilton” was announced Wednesday morning by Broadway World.

Broadway veteran Miguel Cervantes will play the title role of Alexander Hamilton in the Chicago production starring opposite Tony-winning actress Karen Olivo in the role of Angelica Schuyler.

“Hamilton” is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. The Broadway show has become a national phenomenon with its score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway musical styles.

While at McCallie, Mr. Lee was active in theater and music throughout his time as a boarding student. He performed in the McCallie/GPS co-ed musicals "Annie," "Hairspray," "Les Miserables" and "Footloose.” He also acted in productions of "The 25th Putnam County Spelling Bee" and "The Wedding Singer" while at McCallie.

In addition to his work in the arts, Mr. Lee worked as a counselor at McCallie Sports Camp and was active in intramural sports.

After graduating from McCallie, Mr. Lee was awarded a Gates Millennium Scholarship to attend Belmont University. This fund, established and funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation "to promote academic excellence and to provide an opportunity for outstanding minority students with significant financial need to reach their highest potential."

For more information on the Chicago production of Hamilton, including how to purchase tickets, visit BroadwayinChicago.com.

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