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Mandy Gonzalez Takes Leading Role In Hit Musical Hamilton

Californian Latina, Mandy Gonzalez, takes the lead role in the award-winning Broadway show Hamilton.
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Mandy Gonzalez who plays "Angelica Schuyler" and Javier Munoz who plays "Alexander Hamilton" in "Hamilton" poses at the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Flea Market in Schubert Alley on September 25, 2016 in New York City.Bruce Glikas / Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic
/ Source: Associated Press

An actress and singer who made a mark in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hit musical "In The Heights" is now in the spotlight in Miranda's much-acclaimed musical "Hamilton."

Mandy Gonzalez is now taking the female lead role in the musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton. Gonzalez will replace Tony award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry in the role of Angelica Schuyler, Hamilton's sister-in-law, whose feelings for him are among the show's most memorable plot points.

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Mandy Gonzalez performing in 'Everything's Coming Up A Jule Styne Tribute' at Joe's Pub on May 11, 2014 in New York City.Walter McBride / Getty Images

Gonzalez was born and raised in California; her father is Mexican. In an Associated Press interview, Gonzalez said she was raised in a musical household and said her grandmother loved and listened to many musicals.

"So my life was pretty much show tunes and Elvis growing up. I fell in love with music through that," Gonzalez said.

She received much acclaim for her roles in previous musicals, including Wicked and In The Heights, where she won an award for her role as Rosario.

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This opportunity has also allowed her to be reunited with many of the original collaborators from In The Heights and several cast members on Hamilton. Visits OZ: A 10th Anniversary Celebration And Broadway Cares Equity Fights AIDS
Mandy Gonzalez backstage during rehearsals at the ' visits OZ, our 10th Anniversary Concerts' at Joe's Pub on January 20, 2014 in New York City.Walter McBride / Getty Images

Besides her work on Broadway, she has also acted in TV shows including Madam Secretary and Quantico, and is working on her first solo CD that is set to release in 2017.

The actress, who is married and has a young daughter, said this is where she wants to be.

"I worked so hard to be here so there are a few tears shed at the end of the show —this is a dream role."

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