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Hamilton's George Washington to Speak at Mancini Awards

Christopher Jackson was nominated for a Tony for his portrayal of Washington on Broadway.

The Father of our Country will be speaking in Western Pennsylvania this spring...kind of.

The Post-Gazette reports Christopher Jackson, who originated the role of George Washington in the mega-hit Broadway musical "Hamilton," will be the keynote speaker for the 25th annual Henry Mancini Awards . The awards celebrate excellence in high school musical theater in Beaver, Butler and Lawrence counties.

Jackson first teamed up with "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda to join the cast of Miranda's first musical "In The Heights," which debuted on Broadway in 2008. He was nominated for a Tony Award for his role as George Washington in "Hamilton," and recently performed the show-stopping number "One Last Time" with Miranda at the Kennedy Center Honors. (video courtesy @hamiltonmusical on Instagram )

The Mancini Awards ceremony are on May 19, at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland, Beaver County. The Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center will produce "In the Heights" in June, and "Memphis" in 2020. Jackson also starred in "Memphis" on Broadway,

Jackson isn't the only "Hamilton" cast member to be speaking in the Pittsburgh area this spring. Leslie Odom Jr., who won the Tony Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Aaron Burr, will give the commencement address at Carnegie Mellon University in May. Odom Jr. graduated from CMU with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2003.

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