Interlochen alumnus Sydney James Harcourt and “Hamilton” honored with 2021 Emmy Award

The Broadway star was recognized as part of Disney Plus’s “Hamilton,” which received the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded).

Sydney James Harcourt in Hamilton

Sydney James Harcourt in Hamilton

Interlochen Arts Academy alumnus Sydney James Harcourt (AS 94, 97, IAA 94-97) was honored at the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards on Sept. 19 as a cast member of Disney Plus’s Hamilton, which earned the Emmy Award for Outstanding Variety Special (pre-recorded).

The special, a recorded performance by the original cast of the Broadway musical, featured Harcourt playing the parts of Philip Schuyler, James Reynolds, and the doctor. One of the original cast members of Hamilton, Harcourt has also received a Grammy Award for his feature performance on the musical’s soundtrack.

An actor, singer, and dancer, Harcourt starred on Broadway in American Idiot and The Lion King. Among his many off-Broadway roles, Harcourt originated the role of Joe Scott in Bob Dylan’s critically acclaimed Girl From the North Country at the Public Theatre, for which he received a Drama Desk nomination. He has appeared in several television series, including Blue Bloods, The Good Wife, and Law and Order.

Harcourt is a frequent guest artist and collaborator at Interlochen and recently delivered the commencement address to the Arts Academy class of 2021. In 2020, he served as a producer and director of “ONE,” a multidisciplinary work that was performed by Arts Academy students at Miami’s New World Center. He also collaborated with Arts Academy students on an original multidisciplinary work that was performed at New York City’s National Sawdust in 2019.

The nominations for the 2021 Emmy Awards were announced in July, with Interlochen Arts Camp and Arts Academy alumni earning recognition in multiple categories. The nominations included Our Lady J (IAA 94-96) and the cast of Pose; Maya Erskine (IAC 98, 02), who stars in Hulu’s PEN15; Ashley Park (IAC 03), who appears in Emily in Paris; and Kristin Caskey (IAC/NMC 85-86), who served as an executive producer for David Byrne’s American Utopia.

Many Interlochen alumni have received prestigious recognition for their accomplishments, including 14 MacArthur “Genius Grant” honorees, 139 Grammy Award winners, 29 Tony Award winners, three recipients of the Pulitzer Prize, and 24 Emmy Award winners.