Producer Jeffrey Seller and Broadway In Chicago announced August 1 that two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (Violet, The Scottsboro Boys) will lead the Chicago company of Hamilton as Aaron Burr with Jonathan Kirkland, who recently appeared in the Encores! production of Cabin in the Sky and NBC's Shades of Blue, as George Washington.
The Chicago company will also include Sam Aberman, Jose Amore, Amber Ardolino, Remmie Bourgeois, Chloë Campbell, Joseph Chaikin, Carl Clemons-Hopkins, John Michael Fiumara, Jean Godsend Floradin, Aaron Gordon, Jin Ha, Holly James, Malik Kitchen, Colby Lewis, Dashi Mitchell, Justice Moore, Samantha Pollino, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Gabriella Sorrentino and Aubin Wise.
These actors join the previously announced Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton; Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton; Alexander Gemignani as King George III; Chris Lee as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ Alternate; Tony Award winner Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler; Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison; and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.
Performances begin September 27 at The PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago (18 W. Monroe). For more information, visit www.BroadwayinChicago.com.
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel 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 Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Score, Book of a Musical, Direction of a Musical, Choreography and Orchestrations. Miranda received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for Hamilton. Hamilton, according to press notes, “is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now.”
The musical celebrates its first anniversary on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre August 6. A touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in March 2017, followed by a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles. A London production will be mounted, also in 2017.