Joseph Alexander Morales
1982/1983 (age 37–38)
New Mexico, US
Joseph Morales was born in New Mexico. Ethnically, Morales is half-Mexican through his biological father, one-quarter German-Irish, and one-quarter Japanese. The father who raised him, Command Sgt. Major James Blankenbecler, was killed in action in 2003 while serving in the U.S. Army during the Iraq War.
As part of a military family, Morales moved frequently during his childhood, living in Virginia, Texas, and Hawaii. He encountered the Oregon Shakespeare Festival during a high school trip to Medford, Oregon, and made a decision to study theater at Southern Oregon University. After one year, he dropped out to begin auditioning for roles in New York.
From October 2009 to July 2010, Morales performed with the National Tour of Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical In the Heights, as a member of the ensemble and as understudy for Usnavi, Piragua Guy, and Sonny. He was then chosen to star in the show's first national tour, as Miranda's replacement in the lead role of Usnavi, which he played from July 25, 2010 to April 3, 2011.
On March 10, 2017, Morales joined the Chicago company of Hamilton, as alternate in the role of Alexander Hamilton. Later that year, Hamilton producer Jeffrey Seller announced that Morales had been chosen to lead the show's second national tour in the title role, starring alongside Nik Walker as Aaron Burr. His first show as title player on the Philip Tour was February 6, 2018 in Seattle.
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