Elon University grad a part of ‘Hamilton’ tour

By Catherine Wiggins
Times-News correspondent


Joseph Morales and Nik Walker will lead the second national tour of "Hamilton" as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively. Elon University graduate Fergie L. Philippe, far right, stars as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. [Joan Marcus

   Although Alexander Hamilton died well over 200 years ago, in recent times, his name has been making a comeback.
In August of 2016, “Hamilton: An American Musical” premiered on Broadway and was a major hit, sparking a whole new wave of interest in history and musicals, too.
Two years after the show premiered, the musical is finally making its way across the nation.
The tour, dubbed the “HamTour Too,” is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center (DPAC) starting Tuesday.
Fergie L. Philippe plays Hercules Mulligan in the first act, and James Madison in the second act. The 23-year-old actor is a Florida native and an Elon University graduate. He has been acting for 11 years saying that “watching a whole lot of films” made him want to act. His mother found a local acting group to put him in, which allowed him an opportunity to join the acting world.
“Storytelling has always been big for me,” Philippe said, “and never did I imagine that I would be honored to play such an amazing role in such a groundbreaking musical.”
Philippe, although he expressed his love for being on tour, noted that sometimes the downsides get to you.
“One of the best parts of touring is being with your ‘family’ (the company) and introducing your story to the world but it takes a toll on you mentally and physically. Being away from your actual family and not really getting a break makes you ‘burn out’ quicker. Another thing is that people are always welcoming you to their city and their city is like their home. But some of us haven’t been home in a long time and it hurts not to be home.”
Philippe said he believes that Alexander Hamilton would’ve enjoyed the musical.
“Hamilton was always thinking outside of his generation and he would have wanted to have his hand in the production and in the music and in everything,” he said. “He would have most definitely loved it.”
Philippe said that it was an “honor to be considered for the role” and that he “never actually expected to be a part of musical history, even if it is for a short time.”
“Hamilton: An American Musical” made Broadway history multiple time as it challenged the set expectations of musicals.
Philippe is performing with the Philip Cast, the first cast of the U.S. tour group.

Catherine Wiggins is a senior at Williams High School and a Teens & 20s writer.

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