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Musician with ties to USM joins national "Hamilton" tour

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A Maine musician with ties to the University of Southern Maine is now on the road with the national tour of critically-acclaimed Broadway show, “Hamilton: An American Musical.”

Sam Bagala, who took classes at USM starting at age 13, has joined the first touring company of the Tony Award- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical as its music associate, the Portland Press Herald reported.

Bagala, of Gray, joined the tour in December after a life of music performance, including at the Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick, where he played keyboard and later served as assistant music director.

When he later graduated from the Boston Conservatory in 2014, Bagala served as music director, conductor and keyboard player for the East Coast tour of “Elf: The Musical,” and then as music director, conductor and keyboard player for the 20th-anniversary tour of Broadway classic “Rent.”

Sam BagalaNow on tour with “Hamilton,” Bagala conducts a 10-piece orchestra, plays keyboard and occasionally fills in for actors during rehearsals, during which he raps their lines.

The show is currently stationed in Denver, but will travel to St. Louis, Houston, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. Maine family and friends can see him perform with “Hamilton” at the Boston Opera House Sept. 18 through Nov. 18.

This isn't the first time "Hamilton" has made its mark on USM. 

In Octobor, Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr in the musical met with 18 of USM's Musical Theatre students from the School of Music after they performed select pieces from the "Hamilton" during rehearsals for their production of "Of Thee I Sing."