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Chicago ‘Hamilton’ Cast To Be Led By Veterans; Diggs Leaving

By on July 13, 2016

NEW YORK (AP) — Broadway veterans Miguel Cervantes, Karen Olivo and Alexander Gemignani will lead the cast of “Hamilton” in Chicago, while new Tony Award-winner Daveed Diggs will soon leave the Broadway company.

En esta foto del 12 de junio del 2016, Lin-Manuel Miranda y el elenco de "Hamilton" actúan en la ceremonia de los Premios Tony en Nueva York. Miranda, creador y astro del musical ganador de 11 Tonys, dijo el jueves que se retirará del show el 9 de julio. (Foto por Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Archivo)

Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of “Hamilton” (Picture by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, Archive)

Diggs, who plays both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, will leave the Broadway show July 15, joining the recently departed creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo.

Cervantes, whose Broadway credits include “If/Then” and “American Idiot,” will play Alexander Hamilton this fall when the Chicago production opens. Olivo, who won a Tony playing of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” will portray Angelica Schuyler. Gemignani, who has been in “Violet,” Les Miserables” and “Sweeny Todd,” will play King George III in the Chicago production.

The rest of the cast there will include Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Lafayette/Jefferson, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds.

“Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards last month, has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation’s currency and burst through the Broadway bubble like none other.

In addition to the Chicago production, a touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in 2017 before moving to Los Angeles. A London production is slated for 2017.

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