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Yana Perrault Talks ‘Hamilton’ at Broward Center

HAMILTON Angelica National Tour - Company7 - © Joan Marcus

Producer Jeffrey Seller and the Bank of America Broadway in Fort Lauderdale series announces the return of Hamilton to the Broward Center for the Performing Arts from November 22 through December 11.

“Hamilton” is the story of America then, told by America now.  Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, R&B and Broadway, “Hamilton” has taken the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and created a revolutionary moment in theatre—a musical that has had a profound impact on culture, politics, and education. With book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, “Hamilton”  is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography. It has won Tony, Grammy, and Olivier Awards, the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and an unprecedented special citation from the Kennedy Center Honors.

The “Hamilton” creative team previously collaborated on the Tony Award-Winning Best Musical In the Heights. 

“Hamilton”  features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe, casting by The Telsey Office, Bethany Knox, CSA, and General Management by Baseline Theatrical.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

It was a pleasure to sit down with Yana Perrault who plays two characters, Peggy and Maria, for this exclusive Hotspots interview:

Yana Perrault

At what age did you begin performing?

Well, my parents are really theatrical, and they met in the theater. My sister is a dancer. So, performing has always just been around me, and then I started local community theater around 12 or 13 and did that through high school.  

What was your first professional gig?

I left college after majoring in musical theater and doing acting workshops. Soon after that I booked Tim Rice’s “From Here to Eternity.” 

When did you know performing would be your career?

All my interests have always focused on performing even from a young age. In addition to performing on stage, I’m also getting ready to release a single and posting music online. The single is called “Drama Queen.” It’s an alternative R&B track about being hard to love. 

Hamilton premiered in 2015 and is already iconic, is there extra pressure performing in this show?

Hamilton will always be Hamilton. There’s an air to be associated with it. Post Pandemic I feel like the show hits differently in 2022. The fact that we get to still do live theatre is a good thing. It definitely feels special.

HAMILTON Angelica National Tour – Company3 – © Joan Marcus

You play two characters, how easy or hard is it to switch personas?

The difficulty really depends on the day. Theater has been a great outlet for an array of emotions. In that sense sometimes it feels easy to switch between the two.

Other than this one, what has been your favorite role so far?

The title of the role was young prostitute or something like whore number four in Les Mis [laughs]. 

What’s your fantasy role (a role you haven’t played but want to)?

I really think about what if I could go on [stage] in Hamilton as Lafayette Jefferson? My dream is to take over all the guy roles in Hamilton. 

Is it hard being on the road all the time?

A little bit of both. It’s one of the most challenging and rewarding things. You have to create home wherever you are and then pick it up and create home somewhere else. But I want to look back and feel happy that this is the life I created.

How well do you and your castmates get along? 

We lovingly drive each other crazy, but it is like a big family. After the Pandemic, it’s really special that we all ended up together in Hamilton.  

What should our readers expect from this touring company of “Hamilton”? 

Our tour brings a lot of passion when performing Hamilton. We wear our heart on our sleeves when we perform. I hope the South Florida audience can feel our passion.

To purchase tickets go to BrowardCenter.org and/or Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 954.468.0222 or at the Broward Center’s AutoNation Box Office. There is a maximum purchase limit of 9 tickets per account for the engagement.

Jeffrey Seller notes, “It’s tempting to get tickets any way you can. There are many sites and people who are selling overpriced, and in some cases, fraudulent tickets. For the best seats, the best prices and to eliminate the risk of counterfeit tickets, all purchases for the Fort Lauderdale engagement should be made through BrowardCenter.org and Ticketmaster.com

For more information on “Hamilton,” visit: HamiltonMusical.com, and for more info on Yana, check out Instagram.com/Yanaperrault.

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