Broadway Star Returns to Former High School to Speak with Students

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December 14th, 2019

Newburgh, NY – Lexi Lawson, Newburgh Free Academy alumna, will return to her former high school on Tuesday, December 17th at 2:30 pm to speak with students about her experience as a Broadway star.

Lexi has held starring roles in two Lin-Manuel Miranda shows, Hamilton (Eliza Hamilton) on Broadway, and In the Heights (Vanessa) in the national tour. Lexi also held a lead role in the national tour of Rent (Mimi Marquez). This year, the NFA spring musical will be In the Heights.

Lexi recently starred in Lifetime’s Always and Forever Christmas. Previously, Lexi has held roles in Power on Starz, in CBS’s The Mentalist, and in the film Ghosts of Girlfriends Past.

Prior to graduating from Newburgh Free Academy, Lexi attended Fostertown Elementary and North Junior High School. Lexi’s acting career began after receiving the part of Alice in “Alice in Wonderland” at Fostertown Elementary School.

NFA dance teacher and musical director, Mrs. Mandy Clifford directed Lexi when she was in high school. This year, the NFA spring musical is In the Heights. Performances will be held on Friday and Saturday, March 13th and 14th at 7pm and Sunday, March 15th at 2pm in the NFA Main Campus Auditorium.

More about Lexi Lawson:

On Monday, December 23rd, Lexi will be performing O’ Holy Night with Lexi Lawson of Hamilton! at 7pm at Live at the Falcon in Marlboro.

Lexi Lawson joined Lin Manuel Miranda’s 11-time Tony Award-winning revolutionary phenomenon HAMILTON as the leading female role of Elizabeth Hamilton at the height of the show. Hamilton received a record-setting 16 Tony nominations, winning 11, including Best Musical and was also the recipient of the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.

In 2017, Lexi was featured in Orange Magazine discussing her journey from Newburgh to the Broadway stage (pages 20-25).

Lawson’s own Pandora Christmas station features her rendition of Mel Tormé’s timeless The Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting On An Open Fire).

Lexi is currently in the studio writing and recording original material and has recently lent her vocals to a track entitled Wordless (INSTANT LOVE / SONGS BETWEEN WOMEN) by Instant Records, celebrating mothers, daughters, sisters, friends, lovers and everything in between.

Cassie Sklarz, Ed.D.
Communications Strategist
Newburgh Enlarged City School District
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Newburgh, NY 12550

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