“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.