Becoming Magic: A Path of Personal Reconstruction (Paperback)
Ambitious and raw, Becoming Magic: A Path to Personal Reconstruction is Antuan Magic Raimone's chronicle of life as a performer in the most influential artistic feats of our time, such as 11x Tony Award-winning Hamilton and 4x Tony Award-winning In the Heights, over the course of his twenty-year career. But before magic, there was mayhem.
Antuan endured childhood sexual abuse, along with the fragmentation of growing up without a father. His revelations about identity, intimacy, family, and ultimately, self-love and acceptance as a gay Black man, equally color a story of a dancer from Blue Springs, Missouri bound for Broadway as soon as he sung the first note in a high school production of Annie. Humanized and enlightened at every life stage by the relationships he forges and the courage to seek help, Antuan's journey is nothing less than magical. In an unsparingly blunt voice, he inspires readers to embark on their own path of personal reconstruction and soar to unimagined heights.
With more than 20 years of professional performance experience, Antuan is currently with the Pulitzer Prize and 11x Tony Award-winning Hamilton as a Universal Swing, covering the six male ensemble members for the five U.S. companies. Additional credits include the 4x Tony Award-winning In the Heights (Broadway, Off-Broadway and First National Tour-Graffiti Pete U/S, Associate D/C and Vacation Swing), and six years with the Radio City Christmas Spectacular (Ensemble). His career as a performer has also allowed him to travel around the world once, visiting six out of the seven continents. Select Regional credits include Kiss Me Kate (Bill Calhoun/Lucentio, Paul, D/C), Hairspray (Seaweed U/S, Assistant Dir./Chor., D/C), Sweet Charity (Big Daddy Brubeck U/S), Smokey Joe's Caf (Ken Ard), and Schoolhouse Rock LIVE (Willis). As an Assistant Choreographer, Antuan worked on the Second National Tour of In the Heights, as well as The Wizard of Oz, at both Starlight Theatre and the Fox Theatre. His Assistant Choreography work on Dreamgirls at Dallas Theatre Center with Rickey Tripp garnered them the first-ever Irma P. Hall Black Theatre Award for Best Choreography in 2016. He is a member of Actors Equity Association.