Mandy Gonzalez talks with Lorena Mora-Mowry about her career, her childhood, what it means to be a Latina in the industry today, her work to encourage young people to pursue creative work, and her debut with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra on the first concert of the 2022-23 season: Hear Me Roar: A Celebration of Women in Song. The program is a musical celebration of iconic divas of soul, pop, Broadway, R&B, and jazz.
Mandy Gonzalez originated the role of Nina Rosario in the Tony Award-winning musical In The Heights by Lin Manuel Miranda; starred as Elphaba in the Broadway production of Wicked; and is currently starring as Angelica Schulyer in the 11-time Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton, also by Lin Manuel Miranda.
Mandy received an OBIE Award and overwhelming critical praise for her performance in the Off-Broadway production of “Eli’s Comin’”, directed by Diane Paulus and based on the music and lyrics of renowned singer-songwriter Laura Nyro.
Equally at home on the big and small screen, she has appeared in “Across the Universe” directed by Julie Taymor, “After” starring opposite Pablo Schreiber and “Man on a Ledge” with Sam Worthington. Most recently, Mandy had a recurring role on the ABC drama thriller “Quantico”. On Sunday evenings, television viewers can find her working at The White House on the CBS breakout hit “Madam Secretary”.
Mandy can be heard as the voice of Mei in Disney’s “Mulan 2” and on recordings of the original Broadway cast album of “In the Heights”, “Kerrigan-Lowdermilk Live” and “The Man Who Would Be King”.