For Elon alum, starring in ‘Hamilton’ is an exhilarating dream

Joseph Morales and Nik Walker lead the second national tour of “Hamilton” as Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr, respectively, in the production, which won 11 Tony Awards on Broadway. Actor Fergie L. Philippe, an Elon University alumnus, plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. Joan Marcus

“Hamilton” is full of show-stopping moments, but some of the most indelible involve the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison.

When the much anticipated touring production of “Hamilton” opens Nov. 6 at the Durham Performing Arts Center, the two characters will be played by Elon University alumnus Fergie L. Philippe. The 23-year-old Miami native graduated in 2017, and he loved the Elon experience.

“Small program, so there was a lot of attention to every student,” he said in a phone interview. “It taught me more about humanity, the person I am and the contribution I can make to art, which I think is more important than the art itself. I’ll be doing a couple of visits to campus, just acting like a regular student again. I really miss it.”

But first, he is finishing a “Hamilton” run at Charlotte’s Blumenthal Performing Arts Center, which ends Nov. 4. The DPAC production starts two days later, on Election Day. While many tickets are sold out, a $10 ticket lottery will be available for all 32 performances from Nov. 6 through Dec. 2.

We caught up by phone with Philippe while he was on his way to present a workshop at Davidson College during the Charlotte “Hamilton” run. The conversation has been edited for clarity.

Read the Q&A here

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“Hamilton” is coming to the Durham Performing Arts Center. Actor Fergie L. Philippe, an Elon University alumnus, plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. // Photo by Scott Treadway

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