Nik Walker explains why Hamilton is ‘the west wing of musical theatre’ | The Broadway Buzz

Nik Walker in “Hamilton”
(Photo: Joan Marcus)

After closing Ain’t too proud as main man Otis Williams, Nik Walker returned to the Broadway company of hamilton on March 1. He was previously part of the Tony-winning hit ensemble and performed as Aaron Burr on tour across the country. Now he’s playing the role again at the Richard Rodgers Theater on Broadway. During a recent episode of The Broadway Show with Tamsen correspondent Charlie Cooper met Walker at The hotel of time talk about hamiltonthe call.

“It’s surreal. This team built a show that changed the face of theater forever,” Walker said of hamilton. “You have a show that is literally built to challenge your brain. It’s the west wing musical theatre. It’s so many words and so many nuances. You can never dig too deep into these characters. I’ve been doing this show on and off since 2016. Even on my first night back, discoveries were made. It does not become stale. It’s never going to be difficult, and that’s a gift for an actor.”

Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award in 2016 for his performance as Burr, but Walker says he doesn’t feel pressured to impersonate the former vlogger. “Even now in 2022, the creative team is like, ‘We’re not trying to get you to come in and do Leslie. You do.'” Walker said. “I think that’s what makes hamilton so special: they really don’t try to confine anyone to what has been done before. So you see any company from hamiltonyou’re going to see a completely different sight.”

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