Actress Renée Elise Goldsberry, who played Angelica Schuyler in the original cast of the hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” walked onstage at Northeastern Tuesday to a roar of applause.
There for an event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr., the Tony winner kept the packed auditorium — there were a lot of “Hamilton” fans — enthralled as she chatted with Northeastern professor Carole Bell. Asked about the experience of performing in the Broadway phenomenon, Goldsberry said she was floored the first time she heard a song from “the team of geniuses,” meaning the show’s creators Lin-Manuel Miranda, Alex Lacamoire, and Thomas Kail.
The musical, she said, “dropped into humanity because we needed it.”
When Goldsberry mentioned being at the Golden Globe Awards when Meryl Streep made her impassioned speech, the auditorium burst into applause at the mere mention of the iconic actress.
Her voice choked with emotion, Goldsberry said she doesn’t use social media just to tweet about social issues — she said she’s never used #BlackLivesMatter — but rather uses social media to discuss her most personal thoughts, often sharing her feelings as she watches her 7-year-old son “become more of a threat in the world.”
At the end of the program, Goldsberry returned to the stage to sing “How I Got Over,” which Mahalia Jackson performed at the March on Washington in 1963, the day King delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech. Goldsberry said Miranda used phrases from the speech when he wrote “Satisfied,” one of the songs that earned Goldsberry the Tony.