"We are delighted to have Christopher Jackson join us for this year's concerts," Mormon Tabernacle Choir President Ron Jarrett said in a news release. "He is a multitalented artist with an amazing stage presence. Combined with the choir and orchestra, he will create a magical experience for audiences."
Jackson is featured on the Grammy Award-winning "Hamilton" cast recording and was nominated for a 2016 Tony Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Musical. (The award went to his castmate Daveed Diggs, who played the dual role of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson.)
Miranda wrote the role of Washington with Jackson in mind. The two actors are longtime friends who also starred in the original production of Miranda's "In the Heights" together. "Chris is so sure of his instrument and has this kind of moral authority onstage," the composer wrote in "Hamilton: The Revolution," the story of the musical's creation. "He's just … majestic."
In addition to his work in "Hamilton," Jackson won an Emmy Award for "What I Am," a song he co-wrote with Will.i.am for public television's "Sesame Street." He was the voice of Chief Tui in the recent Disney hit "Moana" and currently has a featured role on the CBS drama "Bull."
Perhaps it's a sign of "Hamilton's" popularity in Utah that another former castmate, Leslie Odom Jr. — a Tony winner for his portrayal of Vice President Aaron Burr — will sing with the Utah Symphony at Deer Valley on the second night of Jackson's Tabernacle Choir gig.
Catherine Reese Newton