Butler County native lands part in Broadway sensation 'Hamilton'

Posted at 8:43 PM, Feb 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-07 08:00:36-05

CINCINNATI -- No one is more excited about Broadway sensation “Hamilton” coming to the Queen City than Butler County native Raven Thomas, but not because she wants to see it. 

She's actually in it. 

Thomas, a Talawanda High School alum, was recently cast for the ensemble of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s hip-hop musical.

Tri-State “Hamilton” lovers rejoiced Monday when it was announced the show would be featured in Broadway in Cincinnati’s 2018-19 season.

“This was my dream show when I graduated, and so being in it has been amazing,” Thomas said.

Thomas rehearses for eight hours a day, six days a week.

“It’s definitely rigorous, but like I said, it’s so much fun and the team is amazing,” Thomas said. “My school really trained me to do this.”

She credits her teachers and her family for pushing her to audition for the spot.

“My mom had a big role in me wanting to do this and my dad as well,” Thomas said. “My whole family and teachers were a big inspiration.”

The show will go on in San Francisco for six months before showing in Los Angeles for the remainder of the year.

Thomas said she’s never lost sight of who she is as a person and an actress.

“You should be yourself because people in the room are looking for you, and there’s no one else in the world that’s like you,” Thomas said. “So if you stay true to who you are and what you believe in then you will be just fine.”

Looking to score a “Hamilton” ticket?

  • Broadway in Cincinnati announced Monday that the best way to lock down a ticket to Hamilton is by purchasing a subscription for the 2017-18 season.
  • No word for now on how or when exactly you can get "Hamilton" tickets, but subscription tickets went on sale Monday for the 2017-18 season.
  • Subscriptions start at $175 and go all the way up to $645 depending on seat location.
  • Subscriptions can be purchased at the Aronoff Center ticket office, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, by phone at 800-294-1816 or online at