243 – Andres Forero: Original Drummer for Hamilton
TONY, GRAMMY and EMMY award winning Andrés Patrick Forero is the original drummer for the Broadway production of Hamilton, and is considered to be one of the best “crossover” drummer/percussionists in the industry. In 2002, Andrés connected with Tony award winning composer-lyricist Lin Manuel Miranda and Grammy award winning composer Alex Lacamoire. Andrés played a key role in the development of the drum book for In the Heights. Andrés can be found on the original cast recording that was released in 2008. This amazing musical partnership would be rekindled a few years later when Andrés was asked to join Lin and Alex again in the musical development for another Tony Award nominated musical; Bring it On.
In 2015 Andrés joined Lin and Alex during the development of Hamilton, An American Musical where he spent several months with the company during its off Broadway run. In 2016, Hamilton won the Grammy for Best Original Cast Recording and has since been certified Triple Platinum. The musical also set a record with 16 Tony nominations and took home 11.
In this episode, Andres talks about
- His early musical influences, from Bach to the Ohio Players
- How music gave his childhood some direction and purpose
- Playing with Ringling Bros. Circus
- Understanding the elasticity of jazz
- The physical and emotional stamina Hamilton requires
- Constantly finding nuance in a musical