New York Times Returns to Review Hamilton, This Time for Leading Man Javier Muñoz

News   New York Times Returns to Review Hamilton, This Time for Leading Man Javier Muñoz
The New York Times took an unusual step this week when it reviewed Lin-Manuel Miranda's alternate, Javier Muñoz, for his performance in the Broadway smash Hamilton, which opened Aug. 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Muñoz plays the title character at Sunday matinees.

The new musical by Tony Award-winning In the Heights star and creator Miranda explores the life of American Founding Father Hamilton. Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow, the musical incorporates historical figures such as George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.

The review of Muñoz opens provocatively with the words "Alexander Hamilton is sexy on Sundays," and goes on to point out areas where his performance differs from Miranda's.

Times first-string reviewer Ben Brantley says, "Mr. Muñoz’s Hamilton palpably tries harder than Mr. Miranda’s does — except when he’s courting the ladies. Then he’s a natural, and when other characters describe him as a tomcat, you know exactly what they mean."

He adds, "The cutting carnal edge of Mr. Muñoz’s performance may slightly alter the production’s chemistry, especially between Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler, his intellectual equal and sister-in-law, played with seductive assurance by the smashing Renée Elise Goldsberry. And it takes a little longer to warm to Mr. Muñoz’s more aggressive and angular Hamilton, who wields his ambition like a sword." Read the complete review here.

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The new musical reunites the award-winning In the Heights team. Tony nominee Thomas Kail is at the helm, with choreography from Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Miranda, who wrote the show's book, music and lyrics, stars in the title role.

In addition to Miranda, the company includes Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) as King George, Phillipa Soo (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson (In the Heights) as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry (The Color Purple) as Angelica Schuyler, Daveed Diggs (In the Red and Brown Water) as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Anthony Ramos (Sideways Stories from Wayside School) as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate and Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.

Also featured are Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana Debose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.




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