One of the stars of "Hamilton" - Christopher Jackson - hopes Broadway will become more inclusive, but only if it nurtures young composers, theater makers, and actors of color. (July 3)
- All right, all right. That's what I'm talking about.
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON: Broadway took a long time to get here, right? I was in "The Lion King" in '97, the original company. It was a black show, one of the largest black casts ever put on a Broadway stage. We're 18 years later, you know, or however many years later. I've only ever really been in black shows, you know.
But if you juxtapose that with the number of shows that are sort of following that classic canon, what you would you begin to see is that it's really about the fact that creative people of color need to be given an opportunity.
- Get your education, don't forget from whence you came. And the world's going to know your name. What's your name, man?
- Alexander Hamilton.
CHRISTOPHER JACKSON: The real way that you start to see some change in Hollywood is not by-- or on Broadway or in Hollywood, for that matter-- is not by staging an all black cast of "The Music Man." They did that in the 70s. That's not where that is. We need our Sondheim. We need our Candor. We need our Fred Rogers. We need the access to the ability to see ourselves in that position.
- When he was ten, his father split, full of it, debt ridden. Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden, half death, sitting in their sick, the scent thick. And Alex got better but his mother went.