I was living in Harlem when I was in school, and I took the bike path in Riverside Park a lot. It’s about the water—a reminder that “Oh, I live on the earth and on an island!”—and it’s a fast-moving walkway. You can admire the city over your shoulder, and you see all these other people in transit. It’s freeing and feels like a bit of an adventure.
When young actors dream of making it big in New York City, they’re dreaming of the life of Soo, a fast-rising theater star and stunning soprano whose aching vulnerability tends
to make hardened New Yorkers wish they still carried hankies. Not long after graduating from Juilliard in 2012, Soo was chosen as the lead in Dave Malloy’s immersive electropop opera, Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812, which held more than 300 performances Off Broadway. Now, after playing Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, in the universally beloved Public Theater run of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton, the 25-year-old got her first taste of Broadway—as the female lead, no less—when the hip-hop reinvention of the founding father’s life hit the Richard Rodgers in July. “The screams—it was like
a Michael Jackson concert,” says Soo of the show’s first Great White Way preview. “As exciting as it was, it was also overwhelming and scary—you feel something for the first time, so wholeheartedly, that it knocks you off your feet.” Fair enough, but we couldn’t be more sure-footed about her career.
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