Lancaster native playing lead role in Hamilton at Peace Center


The 2016 Tony award winner for Best Musical “Hamilton” is now showing at the Peace Center, starring a Lancaster native.

The show tells the story of America’s founding father Alexander Hamilton, with heavy dialogue, R&B and lots of rapping. It follows his rise as an immigrant to becoming the nation’s first US Secretary of the Treasury.

The understudy for the lead role is former South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities graduate Wonza Johnson.

He was a student there from 2010 to 2012 before trying out for the role twice and finally landing a spot on the cast as an understudy for Hamilton. He says his training in Greenville prepared him for his dream role.

“I play him once a week switching with the principal standby who also plays him, but this city I’m playing him both of the weeks because I have such a local connection,” Johnson says. “It’s really a role I found out I love a lot and I see myself in…I kind of have that young scrappy and hungry energy myself.”

Hamilton is showing now at the Peace Center through December 16th. 

Tickets are still available only at Before each performance, there is also a lottery to win $10 tickets. You can enter to win on the official Hamilton app.

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