The much-touted Broadway musical ‘Hamilton,’ as written and produced by Lin Miranda, is currently playing at the Broward Performing Arts Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida with a largely minority cast, that includes an actor of Caribbean heritage.

Fergie L. Philippe, who is currently playing the role of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, is of Haitian descent. Born Ferginho Philippe-Auguste in Brooklyn, New, the son of doctors Dr. Sargine Dupuy and the late Fernand Philippe-Auguste, moved with his family to Miami and later grew up in Miami Lakes.

Philippe attended New World School Of The Arts in Downtown Miami, where he received an abundance of opportunities and classical training in acting and in 2013, he received an Honorable Mention Award from the National YoungArts Foundation. He graduated with a BFA in Music Theatre from North Carolina at Elon University.

Philippe’s big personality is evident in both characters, yet he is careful to present a different persona of each that is distinct and authentic of the period.  Continue reading

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