HAMILTON STAR: FEARLESS

From “In The Heights” to “Hamilton,” Mandy Gonzalez shows us why she is “Fearless!”

Aired on October 23, 2017. 

TRANSCRIPT

♪♪ ♪ ME I DIED FOR HIM, ME I TRUSTED HIM, ME I LOVE HIM, AND ME, I'M THE DAMNED FOOL THAT SHOT HIM ♪ ♪ ALEXANDER HAMILTON

> AUDIENCES LUCKY ENOUGH TO SCORE A TICKET TO THE TONY, PULITZER AND GRAMMY WINNING 'HAMILTON' GOT TO SEE MANDY GONZALEZ.

PREVIOUSLY STARRED AS NINA ROSARIO IN MUSICAL 'IN THE HEIGHTS.'

SHE'S WORKING WITH LIN MANUEL MIRANDA AGAIN.

♪ WHEN I'M NEAR YOU, I'M FEARLESS ♪

PERFORMING SECTIONS AT CAFE CARLISLE.

MANDY GONZALEZ JOINS US NOW.

MANDY, FINALLY.

HELLO.

INTERVIEWED YOU WAY BACK IN 'IN THE HEIGHTS' DAYS.

WHEN IT FIRST STARTED.

TRYING TO GET YOU BACK.

WHAT TOOK SO LONG?

BEEN THROUGH A LOT OF LIFE CHANGES.

I KNOW.

SINCE DOING 'IN THE HEIGHTS,' DID A LITTLE SHOW CALLED 'WICKED,' PAINTED GREEN EVERY NIGHT.

NOW PLAYING BEST ROLE OF ALL, BECOME A MOTHER.

WASN'T UNTIL 'HAMILTON' CALLED, DO YOU WANT TO TAKE OVER THE ROLE OF ANGELICA?

THAT I DECIDED TO COME BACK TO BROADWAY.

IT'S BEEN A THRILL.

GROWN UP A LOT IN BETWEEN.

A LITTLE OVER A YEAR AGO YOU TOOK OVER.

HOW IS IT WORKING WITH LIN MANUEL AGAIN?

AMAZING.

HAS HE CHANGED FROM THE YOUNG MAN AT BEGINNING OF BRILLIANT CAREER TO GUY AT HEIGHT OF HIS CAREER SO FAR?

NO.

THAT'S WHAT'S SO WONDERFUL ABOUT HIM.

HE'S THE PERSON THAT WHEN YOU TALK TO HIM, HE MAKES YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE THE ONLY ONE IN THE ROOM.

HE FEELS THAT WAY.

WHAT YOU SAY IS IMPORTANT AND HE'S LOYAL AND INCREDIBLE FRIEND.

HE'S LIKE FAMILY TO ME.

THAT HASN'T CHANGED.

IT'S BEEN WONDERFUL BEING BACK AT RICHARD ROGERS.

I WASN'T SURE HOW I WOULD FEEL.

THEN I WALKED THROUGH THE STAGE DOOR AND ALL THE SAME CREW FROM IN THE HEIGHTS TLT AND WORKS WITH TOMMY KOOEL AND IN SOME DRESSING ROOM.

IT'S A LOT NICER NOW, I DON'T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.

DRESSING ROOM NUMBER 8.

I HAVE SO MANY MEMORIES FROM THAT TIME.

WHEN I WENT BACK ON TO THE STAGE, IT WAS LIKE COMING HOME.

AND TO SING HIS MUSIC IS SO COMFORTABLE.

YOU HEAR HIM THROUGHOUT THAT SCORE, THE BRILLIANCE OF THE DIRECTION AND EVERYTHING, IT'S -- ALL OF THOSE GUYS ARE MY FAMILY.

HAVE YOU WORKED WITH HIM, DID THAT PREPARE YOU?

I THINK SO.

I KNOW HOW HE WRITES.

HOW HE BENDS THE NOTE AS A SINGER, I HEAR THAT.

I THINK THAT'S IMPORTANT BECAUSE RHYTHMS, I THINK -- BUT, 'HAMILTON' -- 'IN THE HEIGHTS' WHEN I HEARD LIN DO LIGHTS UP ON WASHINGTON HEIGHTS.

AGENT TOLD ME A YOUNG GUY WROTE SHOW ABOUT LATINOS AND WANTS YOU TO COME AND PLAY THE ROLE FOR READING WHERE WE SIT AROUND THE TABLE TO READ OUT OF BOOKS.

LIN IS LIKE I KNOW YOU DON'T KNOW THE SONGS SO I'M JUST GOING TO SING EVERYTHING.

THAT'S PRETTY MUCH LIN.

WHEN HE STARTED, IT WAS THIS MAGNET, THIS LIGHT CAME INTO THE ROOM.

THAT'S HOW IT IS NOW.

IT'S -- NO MATTER WHAT HE WORKS ON, HE LIGHTS UP THE ROOM.

AND I THINK THE INCREDIBLE THING ABOUT LIN IS HIS LOYALTY AND HIS ABILITY TO COLLABORATE.

TURN TO YOUR NEW ALBUM.

FIRST DEBUT -- DEBUT OF FIRST SOLO ALBUM.

FINALLY, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?

I'VE BEEN BUSY!

WHEN I FIRST MOVED TO NEW YORK GOAL WAS TO BE ON BROADWAY, NEXT GOAL WAS MAKE AN ALBUM.

TAKEN ME A LITTLE BIT LONGER FOR THE SECOND GOAL BUT I FEEL LIKE NOW'S THE TIME AND NOW I HAVE SO MUCH TO SAY AND GIVE AND INSPIRE.

THAT'S WHAT I WANTED THIS --

IT'S WONDERFUL ALBUM.

I HOPE PEOPLE BELIEVE WHEN I SAY THAT.

IT'S GREAT.

TITLE SONG 'FEARLESS' WRITTEN BY LIN MANUEL MIRANDA.

GIVE ME THE STORY.

PUTTING TO THE THE ALBUM, SO MUCH HAPPENED IN MY LIFE.

ON 'HAMILTON' AND BEEN ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND SEEN -- THERE'S SO MUCH INFORMATION HAPPENING ON SOCIAL MEDIA, AND I WANTED TO GIVE INFORMATION WITH POSITIVE IMPACT.

WONDERED HOW I COULD DO THAT.

FIGURED I WANTED TO START A FEARLESS SQUAD BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE I WOULDN'T BE WHERE I AM WITHOUT THE FEARLESS SQUAD I HAD IN MY LIFE.

I THINK EVERYBODY NEEDS A FEARLESS SQUAD, DON'T YOU?

DEFINITELY.

I DECIDED THE WAY TO DO THAT WAS THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA.

STARTED #FEARLESSSQUAD AND PUT UP A PICTURE OF MY FRIENDS AND IT JUST TOOK OFF, BECAME THIS INSPIRATION THAT I HAD THAT BECAME A MOVEMENT.

AND ALL THESE YOUNG PEOPLE, MOTHERS, PARENTS, WANTED TO BE PART OF THIS FEARLESS SQUAD.

HOW CAN WE HELP?

I HEAR THAT TODAY.

HOW CAN I HELP.

THIS IS A WAY TO COME TOGETHER, TALK, SUPPORT ONE ANOTHER'S DREAMS.

WE CAN TALK.

NO JUDGMENT.

INSPIRATION FOR THE SONG?

FOR THE ALBUM.

IT'S REALLY INSPIRING TOO.

DUET WITH CHRIS JACKSON.

WE HAVE TO RUN BUT GOING TO BE AT CARLISLE SINGING THESE?

DEBUTING AT CARLISLE AND BEEN A DREAM SINCE I SAW BOBBY SHORT IN WOODY ALLEN TO PLAY CARLISLE.

YOU HAVE TO COME BACK MORE OFTEN.

WOULD LOVE IT.

MANDY GONZALEZ, DEBUT SOLO ALBUM AND ALSO IN HAMILTON:THE MUSICAL ON BRAD AWAY.

Announcer: FUNDING FOR THIS PROGRAM WAS PROVIDED BY --

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