Broadway’s Hamilton Announces Major Principal Cast Changes

News   Broadway’s Hamilton Announces Major Principal Cast Changes
 
The hit musical will welcome several new actors in the coming weeks.
Bryan Terrell Clark, Anthony Lee Medina, Alysha Deslorieux, J. Quinton Johnson, and Taran Killam
Bryan Terrell Clark, Anthony Lee Medina, Alysha Deslorieux, J. Quinton Johnson, and Taran Killam

Several actors will join the Broadway cast of the Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda musical Hamilton in the coming weeks at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced December 14 that Alysha Deslorieux will begin performances in the roles of Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds December 16; J. Quinton Johnson will step into the parts of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison January 6, 2016; Bryan Terrell Clark will begin as George Washington January 10; Taran Killam takes over as King George January 17; and Anthony Lee Medina will play John Laurens/Philip Hamilton beginning in March.

Deslorieux, who is an original cast member, succeeds Jasmine Cephas Jones, who played her final performance in the roles of Peggy and Maria December 8. Deslorieux's other Broadway credits include Beautiful - The Carole King Musical and Sister Act.

Johnson will be making his Broadway debut in the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, following original cast member Okieriete Onaodowan, who will play his final performance December 24. Johnson landed his first major film role in Richard Linklater’s ensemble comedy Everybody Wants Some!! while still a student at the University of Texas. This past year he completed work in the upcoming musical re-imagining of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

Clark, seen on Broadway in Motown The Musical, will succeed Nicholas Christopher, who plays his final performance January 8, in the role of George Washington.

Killam, the former Saturday Night Live cast member who was seen as the Dentist in the 2015 City Center production of Little Shop of Horrors, will replace Rory O'Malley in the role of King George. O'Malley will conclude his run January 15.

Medina will make his Broadway debut as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton in March (on a date to be announced); he succeeds Jordan Fisher, who will play his final performance March 5. Medina was seen as Otto in the first national tour of Spring Awakening, Usnavi in In the Heights at Theater Under the Stars, and Young Sal in The Public Theater’s The Capeman.

Javier Muñoz currently stars as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway in a company that also features Brandon Victor Dixon as Aaron Burr; Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler; Nicholas Christopher as George Washington; Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton; Michael Luwoye as Muñoz’s alternate; Rory O’Malley as King George III; Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; Jordan Fisher as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton; and Seth Stewart as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson.

The ensemble includes Andrew Chappelle, Hope Easterbrook, Karla Puno Garcia, David Guzman, Gregory Haney, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hollinger, Thayne Jasperson, Elizabeth Judd, Roddy Kennedy, Morgan Marcell, Jevon McFerrin, Eliza Ohman, Antuan Magic Raimone, Gregory Treco, Ricky Tripp, Kamille Upshaw, Tanairi Sade Vazquez, Voltaire Wade-Greene, Nik Walker, Donald Webber, JR., Zelig Williams, and Syndee Winters.

With book, music, and lyrics by Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, music direction/orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. The musical won 11 2016 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography, and Orchestrations.

This will not be Killam‘s first involvement in Hamilton. On January 2 he appeared on the steps of the Richard Rodgers Theatre as that week‘s guest for #Ham4Ham. Watch it here:

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