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Daveed Diggs On "Hamilton"

By: Donna Freydkin

Six weeks ago, Tony-nominated "Hamilton" star Daveed Diggs and performance artist Rafael Casal crafted a rap musical theater workshop in NYC called #BARS. Twelve students enrolled. The result is called the BARS MEDLEY, a video project directed by Carlos Estrada.

What inspired Diggs and Casal to combine their talents, you might ask? So did we.

"I had just moved to New York to be closer to Diggs so we could work on our projects while he was in 'Hamilton,' and was hanging with an old friend who runs a casting agency here in New York for theater," says Casal.

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She, in turn, advised him to create a rap workshop. "It was a fantastic idea. Not to teach a rap workshop, but to create a space where verse-driven theater, or rap in musical theater, could be experimented with," says Casal.

DiggsThe two go way, way, way back. "We've been working on projects together for well over a decade -- plays, music, skits, scripts, cartoons, concerts, bands. At this point, I think we just intuitively know that involving each other makes what we want to do better. Whether it's his idea or mine, small or big," says Casal.

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Jay Z and Beyonce pose with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Oprah Winfrey poses with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Daveed Diggs and Jasmine Cephas Jones pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Austin Smith and Andrew Chappelle pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Alex Lacamoire, Phillipa Soo, Thayne Jasperson, Jonathan Groff, Morgan Marcell, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Daveed Diggs, Javier Munoz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda during the 'Hamilton' Original Broadway Cast Q & A and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys poses backstage with Lin Manuel Miranda and the cast at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep visits Andrew Chappelle from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep (R) visits Jon Rua from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Betsy Struxness with her chorus cast members during the Broadway Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Betsy Struxness of 'Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6,, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Chorus cast members attend the 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night After Party at Pier 60 on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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