by Kyle Weiler
During college, just like everyone in New York City, all of us dancers and actors at Juilliard kept hearing about this new show called Hamilton happening “downtown.” I never got the chance to see it at The Public, but it ended up being my college graduation present to see it once it came to Broadway. I remember sitting in the back of the mezzanine and thinking, “I feel really connected to this choreography and think I might have the skills to do this amazing piece.”
After I saw it, I didn’t really think about the show again until much later when I was in Asia while with the international tour of West Side Story. I decided to stay in Japan for a week to explore after we played our final performance in Tokyo. I was hiking mount Fuji and started talking a man in my tour group who was exploring Japan as well. I quickly found out that he was the brother of Hamilton’s associate choreographer. What a crazy coincidence! When I found that out I literally blurted out loud to him, “Oh yeah, for some reason I feel like I’m supposed to do that show next.” He laughed at me then. He was then one of first people to congratulate me when I booked the show!
I got the the job as a Universal Swing on my birthday in February of 2018 - what a great gift, right? At that time I had no idea what a universal swing was. I learned that I was hired to cover six tracks for each of the five US productions of Hamilton. Contractually, with only 24 hours notice, I can be flown anywhere to do any track.
I started out swinging all the male ensemble tracks in Chicago for 11 months. After, I moved on to complete all my tracks for the two touring productions. The crazy part of the Hamilton world is that every company is different. The show has/continues to evolve and each company has different tracking. In the next three weeks I will be with three different companies of Hamilton (Broadway, Angelica, and Philip) performing three slightly different versions of the show.
My Broadway debut will be as Samuel Seabury and my 19th track! 19th track on July 19th, 2019! I’m so thrilled I get to perform Seabury in NY because it was my first track, and returning to it always feels like Hamil-Home.
Honestly, over the last few weeks, my eyes have been welling up with tears at random moments because I think about all the people who have helped me reach this goal. As an artist, I am pretty hard on myself and quite often don’t feel truly proud of my work. I can honestly say at this point that I am so proud of how hard I have worked while in Hamilton. I truly believe I have earned the opportunity to be in the beautiful Richard Rodgers Theatre.
I am in the Playbill of every Hamiton production in the US. My face has been on Broadway for a year and half though my body has not. It's always funny getting texts from friends saying, “We’re here!” I’m always like, “Where?” I had a funny moment walking into the Richard Rodgers for the first time. I found my name on the cast wall and asked the doorman if he would take a picture of me next to it. He said, “Congratulations, when do you start?” I giggled and said, “A year and a half ago! But I haven’t stepped foot on this stage yet!”