One of the stars of the much-anticipated West End debut of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton will take on a guiding role in a Birmingham youth production of Miranda’s debut musical In The Heights.
Cleve September has signed on as associate director of the Birmingham Institute of Theatre Arts (BITA) summer production of Miranda’s first Pulitzer Prize-winning show.
Joining West End choreographer Lindon Barr, September will also be able to draw on his own experience in the original London cast of In The Heights in 2015.
The theatre school’s production will be staged at The Studio, Birmingham REP on 14 and 15 July.
Announcing September’s involvement in the production, the principal of BITA, Chris Passey said: “Cleve is a passionate supporter of the correct and realistic training of our young students. It felt only right to invite him to take a step up from active patron and into a creative role within the show. His ability to bring the spirit of the show into our rehearsal room is incredible and something that can only be provided by an original cast member and someone who is so talented as Cleve.”
September, who has just been cast in the dual role of Philip Hamilton/John Lauren in Miranda’s hip-hop flavoured story of one of America’s founding fathers, Alexander Hamilton, added: “I taught at BITA for the first time last year and instantly fell in love with the vibe and energy that Chris and his team managed to create with the kids that they have attending their school every Sunday.
“When I found out that they were doing In The Heights as their next show it excited me so much that I asked if I could sit in on rehearsals from time to time, simply because of my love for the show.
“After leaving In The Heights in September 2016 any opportunity that I could get to even just hear the music again I’d take. So, when Chris asked me to be a part of the creative team I didn’t even have to think it over! I agreed immediately – the bonus is getting to see the passion these kids have for the arts.”