MSU grad and star in Chicago’s ‘Hamilton’ says musical offers hope to a divided country

Nov 16, 2016

MSU College of Music grad Jonathan Kirkland portrays George Washington in the Chicago production of 'Hamilton.'
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Current State’s Katie Cook speaks with MSU College of Music alum Jonathan Kirkland about what it’s like to play George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton."


Love for "Hamilton" has swept the nation, and now Michigan State University has a special connection to the musical. MSU graduate Jonathan Kirkland plays the role of George Washington in the Chicago production of "Hamilton" at the Private Bank Theatre.

Kirkland studied vocal performance at the MSU College of Music under Professor Richard Fracker.

Current State’s Katie Cook sat down with Jonathan Kirkland in Chicago to talk about the role and about what first inspired him to pursue music.