Okieriete “Oak” Onaodowan, best known for originating the roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton, will join the cast of Broadway's Natasha, Pierre & The Great Comet of 1812 beginning July 3 in the role of Pierre, the part created by Josh Groban, who will play his final performance July 2. Onaodowan will star alongside Denée Benton as Natasha at the Imperial Theatre.
Onaodowan’s Broadway credits also include Rocky and Cyrano de Bergerac. His Off-Broadway work includes Hamilton (The Public), Luce (LCT3), Neighbors (The Public), and Young Jean Lee’s The Shipment. He was in the first national tour of American Idiot.
In addition to a formal press release, the new musical also announced Onaodowan’s casting via Twitter:
Although Onaodowan played the role of Kristoff during developmental work of the Broadway-bound musical adaptation of Disney's Frozen, he will not be part of that production, according to an interview in the New York Times.
Created by Dave Malloy and directed by Rachel Chavkin, The Great Comet opened at Broadway’s Imperial Theatre (249 West 45th Street) November 14, 2016.
As previously reported, creator Malloy will make his Broadway performing debut in the show this spring, stepping into the role of Pierre for 10 performances across May and June. Malloy, who originated the role of Pierre in the show’s initial Off-Broadway runs at Ars Nova and Kazino, will perform the role May 4 at 7 PM, May 5 at 8 PM, May 6 at 2 PM, May 6 at 8 PM, May 7 at 3 PM, May 9 at 7 PM, May 16 at 7 PM, June 13 at 7 PM, June 20 at 7 PM, and June 27 at 7 PM.