Spotlight Series: Meet Multi-Talented Triple-Threat Actor John Devereaux from Hamilton Touring Company


This Spotlight focuses on John Devereaux, a multi-talented triple-threat actor who I shared the stage with in Little Shop of Horrors at the Westchester Playhouse after he arrived in Los Angeles from Houston, and who has gone on to charm audiences across the country in touring productions of Rent and Hamilton. John also appeared locally in Dreamgirls at the Pasadena Playhouse, Spamilton at the Kirk Douglas Theatre, and during the Hollywood Fringe Festival in the world premiere of Recorded in Hollywood, among many other productions.

I was so looking forward to seeing him take the stage in Hamilton at the Hollywood Pantages Theatre soon, but unfortunately the national tour in which he was appearing had to shut down along with the rest of the world’s theaters. So what’s he up to now?


Shari Barrett (SB): What would you like readers to know about your theatrical background?

John Devereaux as Collins in "Rent"

John Devereaux (John): I grew up in Houston, Texas and moved to LA in 2012 to continue my career in performance, beginning with studying Improv at The Groundlings. I’ve been fortunate enough to be a part of a number of professional productions working with some of the best in the area, including McCoy/Rigby Entertainment, Center Theatre Group, and 5-Star Theatricals. I’ve also toured with the 20th Anniversary Tour of Rent and currently with the Angelica Tour of Hamilton.

John Devereaux on the Angelica Tour of "Hamilton"

(SB): What production(s) were you involved with when word went out you needed to immediately postpone/cancel the show?

(John): I was in Miami with the Angelica Tour of Hamilton when we got word that our shows would be postponed/cancelled 

(SB): How was the shutdown communicated with the cast and production team?

(John): I do believe our company managers did the best they could in the moment with everything going on and there is probably nothing more challenging than managing a touring theatre company. After we had two meetings after two of our evening shows, we were implementing new procedures to keep the company safe (not doing backstage tours, not signing at the stage door, etc.), which left us wondering what was going to happen to the rest of our tour schedule. Then the cancellation of our next city, Jacksonville, was announced publicly on the Hamilton Instagram story before we found out ourselves. Knowing there was work to be done during that time, including the spread of information, I can see why we might have been the last to know. It was just a sad moment personally for me.

John Devereaux backstage in "Dreamgirls" at the Village Theatre

(SB):  Are plans in place to present that production at a future date, or is the cancellation permanent?

(John): Dates are being rescheduled as word comes in. It may not be the company/tour that was originally supposed to do the engagement, but Hamilton will still happen in those cities at a later time.

(SB): That’s great to know that I may get the chance to see you in the show then! Were there other future productions on your schedule also affected by the shutdown?

(John): None as of yet. As of March, I’m scheduled to stay on the Hamilton tour at least through June 2021. But for now, I am coping with all of this by creating bits of humor online. Funny videos mostly on Instagram.

John Devereaux in"Spamilton" at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

(SB): I have been enjoying many of them on your Facebook page! It’s great to see so many creative people bringing humor to the forefront during this pandemic.  

(John): To members of the Los Angeles Theatre community and those across the country, please remember our industry will bounce back. Ours is a business of escapism, people are going to need something else than a screen to entertain them once this is all done. We’re going to get through this.

In the meantime, take a breath. Spend time with the people you love or doing the other things you love or finding new things to love! To those for whom performance was their escape, it’s okay to feel that emptiness. It’s okay if there’s nothing there to replace it right now because this is a time to focus on the other parts of our lives that inform our performances; our art. Life is but an opportunity to be and as long as there is breath in our lungs, we can breathe life into anything.


This article first appeared on Broadway World.



Lin-Manuel Miranda to Get a 'Star' on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the Hollywood Pantages

Multi-Tony Award®-winning "Hamilton" and "In The Heights" writer, composer, and actor, Lin-Manuel Miranda, in then-Secretary Jack Lew's office—or as Miranda writes—, "the room where it happens," on March 14, 2016. Photo credit Public Domain.

Multi-Tony Award® winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, the lyricist, composer, singer and actor who cultivated a signature rap and musical story-telling style in his shows “In the Heights” and “Hamilton”, is to be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles, on Friday, November 30, 2018, at 11:30 a.m.
Satirist singer-songwriter "Weird Al" Yankovic and Renée Elise Goldsberry, the latter whose role as Angelica Schuyler in “Hamilton” won her a Tony Award® for Best Actress in a Featured Role–Musical, will be guest speakers.
The presentation will be live-streamed on WalkofFame.com.
The Hollywood Pantages Theatre is across from the Metro Red Line Station near Hollywood and Vine and there is metered street parking and paid lot parking in the area as well.

Miranda is due in movie theatres during this holiday season with Disney's "Mary Poppins Returns," alongside Emily Blunt, on December 19, 2018.
Hamilton won a total of 11 Tony Awards®, including awards for Best Musical, with Best Original Musical Score and Best Book (Musical) to Miranda, as well as receiving the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in 2016.
Both of Miranda's shows, “In the Heights” in 2010 and “Hamilton” in 2017, made their way to the landmark Hollywood Pantages Theatre in Los Angeles after their stints on Broadway.
The ceremony will be in front of the Hollywood Pantages, located at 6243 Hollywood Blvd., and Miranda's new Star will be unveiled and installed in a designated spot, just adjacent to the theater at 6231 Hollywood Blvd., in front of Starline Tours.