Okieriete Onaodowan Ends Run in Broadway’s Hamilton December 24

News   Okieriete Onaodowan Ends Run in Broadway’s Hamilton December 24
Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Pulitzer Prize-winning musical welcomes a host of new principal players in the coming weeks.
Okieriete Onaodowan Monica Simoes

Okieriete Onaodowan ends his run in the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Hamilton December 24 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. With the exception of Javier Muñoz, who was the original Hamilton alternate and now stars in the title role, Onaodowan is the final original principal cast member to depart the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical. He will be succeeded by J. Quinton Johnson, who steps into the parts January 6, 2016 (in the interim the roles will be played by current company members).

Johnson, who will be making his Broadway debut, 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.

Several other actors will join the Broadway cast in the coming weeks at the Richard Rodgers.

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

Producer Jeffrey Seller announced December 14 that 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.

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; Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds; Michael Luwoye as Muñoz’s alternate; Rory O’Malley as King George III; 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.

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