By Noli Zosa
University of San Diego Class of 2013 graduate Edred Utomi has taken over the title role in the Angelica Tour of “Hamilton,” one of two national tours of the Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Broadway musical.
Utomi has been a standby and stand-in for the role of Alexander Hamilton, the Revolutionary War hero and U.S. statesman, since March of 2018. He has also subbed in the roles of Aaron Burr, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other key roles throughout the national tour.
On Jan. 9, Utomi posted on his social media, “BREAKING NEWS! 2019 is already blessing me. It is with great pride that I announce that starting tonight, I will be taking over the role of Alexander Hamilton on the Angelica Tour. Actually, ‘pride’ is not the word I’m looking for. There is so much more inside me now. Lol sorry I had to. Anyways, LET’S GET IT!”
The role became available with the departure of Austin Scott who played Hamilton throughout most of its run, including when the show came through San Diego a year ago.
Utomi is the son of Nigerian immigrants. After graduating from USD in 2013, he has appeared in numerous shows on the San Diego theater scene such as San Diego Rep’s production of “My Manana Comes.” His older sister Joy is also a USD alum graduating from the law school in 2011.
—Noli Zosa is chair of the Linda Vista Planning Group. Reach him at Lvpgchair@gmail.com.