Karen Olivo, electrified audiences with her Tony Award-winning portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. She returns to the stage as Angelica Schuyler in the Chicago production of Hamilton. Ms. Olivo is joined in Chicago with Broadway veterans Miguel Cervantes (If Then, American Idiot) as Alexander Hamilton, and Alexander Gemignani (Assassins, Sweeney Todd) as King George III. In preparation for his Chicago debut as Alexander Hamilton, Mr. Cervantes will play the role on Broadway on July 13 matinee, July 18 and July 25.
The Chicago cast consists of Ari Afsar (American Idol 8 contestant) as Eliza Hamilton; Chris Lee (In The Heights) as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Joseph Morales (In The Heights) as Mr. Cervantes’ alternate; Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; Wallace Smith (The Lion King) 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.
Daveed Diggs, who won the 2016 Tony Award winner for his performance as Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, will play his final performance on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St.) on Friday, July 15. While the roles are being recast, Lafayette/Jefferson will be portrayed on Broadway by long-time understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart.
The musical celebrates its 1st anniversary on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on 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.