Teach me how to say goodbye: Burr is leaving Chicago

January 7, 2017 • Posted in blindness, Uncategorized by

News came out this week that Joshua Henry, who played the role of Aaron Burr so perfectly in the Chicago production of Hamilton, is moving on to play Burr when the musical opens in San Francisco this spring.

Josh Henry as Burr.

Josh Henry as Burr.

I’m quite sure I’ve told everyone in the world that thanks to my extremely generous friend Colleen I was able to talk with Joshua Henry as he was leaving the theater the night she and I saw Hamilton together in Chicago last September. I complimented his incredible job conveying anger on stage.

Me: “Were you spitting at the end?”

Aaron Burr: “Oh, did it hit you?”

Me, laughing: “We were in the upper balcony! But towards the end in the second act, even up there, it sounded like you were singing and gritting your teeth and spitting, all at the same time.”

Aaron Burr: (Smiling, you don’t even have to be able to see to know he was.) “That’s exactly what we’re going for.”

We’ll miss you, Josh (I call him Josh now, you know, we’re that close). But if any of you Safe & Sound blog readers are lucky enough to have tickets to see my friend Josh play Burr in San Francisco, trust me, you’re in for a treat. A suggestion: avoid buying tickets within spitting range.

Marilee On January 7, 2017 at 3:36 pm

This made me smile- just thinking about you and Colleen chatting away!!!

bethfinke On January 7, 2017 at 5:47 pm

It’s true. We are a couple of chatterboxes when we’re together…


Sue Doyle On January 7, 2017 at 5:17 pm

Short, to the point, hysterical!! Great one, Beth!!

Benita Black On January 8, 2017 at 12:52 pm

Funny and related comment: I saw the original “Fences” starring James Earl Jones as Troy Maxxon. Sitting in the front row of the orchestra, I was pelted by spit more than once during the performance, and have never again felt so a part of it all!

bethfinke On January 8, 2017 at 12:57 pm

Are you planning on going to the film? I might.I saw Fences at Court Theatre here in Chicago but couldn’t catch all of the lines — I wasn’t sitting as close as you were in NYC!


The Empty Pen On January 8, 2017 at 2:02 pm

San Francisco is lucky. I really enjoyed seeing him in December.

bethfinke On January 8, 2017 at 2:22 pm

You and me both. He was one of my favorites in the Chicago production, along with Lafayette Jefferson

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