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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo, Anthony Ramos, Daveed Diggs, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff and more set for HAMILTON; Previews begin July 13

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center and the cast of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center and the cast of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

The world premiere musical Hamilton – a sold-out hit during its run in The Public’s Newman Theater earlier this year– is transferring to Broadway, with previews set to begin July 13 prior to an official opening night on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre (226 W. 46 St.)

Hamiltoninspired by the book “Alexander Hamilton” by Ron Chernow, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and directed by Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail, is produced on Broadway by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

Tickets for the Broadway engagement can be purchased via Ticketmaster at or 800-745-3000.

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones in Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones in Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jonathan Groff returns as King George for HAMILTON. Photo by Joan Marcus

Jonathan Groff returns as King George for HAMILTON. Photo by Joan Marcus

The Broadway-bound cast stars Lin-Manuel Miranda as Hamilton, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson and Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler.

Jonathan Groff will reprise his Off-Broadway performance in Hamilton as King George, in a role originated by Brian d’Arcy James, who left the cast to join Something Rotten!

The ensemble will feature Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Javier Munoz, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton.
Photo by Joan Marcus

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. From bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America’s fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we’ve become.

HamiltonHamilton dominated this year’s awards season. Below is the awards tally.  

The Public Theater’s Hamilton by Lin-Manuel Miranda (including special citations for Andy Blankenbuehler, Thomas Kail, and Alex Lacamoire) received the OBIE Award for Best New American Theatre Work, which is accompanied by a $1,000 check.

Hamilton received 8 Drama Desk Awards including Outstanding Musical, Outstanding Featured Actress in a Musical (Renee Elise Goldsberry), Outstanding Director of a Musical (Thomas Kail), Outstanding Sound Design in a Musical (Nevin Steinberg); and three for Lin-Manuel Miranda in the categories of Outstanding Music, Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Lyrics.  Andy Blankenbuehler also received a Special Drama Desk Award for his choreography for Hamilton.

Hamilton was named Best Musical by the Off Broadway Alliance Award and Best New Musical by the New York Drama Critics’ Circle Awards.

Daveed Diggs received a Theatre World Award for Outstanding Debut Performance and Phillipa Soo received a Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Female Performer.

Hamilton received 3 2015 Outer Critics Circle Awards including Outstanding New Off-Broadway Musical, Outstanding Book of a Musical and Outstanding Score.

Hamilton swept the Lucille Lortel Awards winning in ten of the twelve categories it was nominated for including outstanding musical, acting awards for Lin-Manuel Miranda (outstanding lead actor in a musical), Phillipa Soo (outstanding lead actress in a musical), Daveed Diggs (outstanding featured actor in a musical),  Renée Elise Goldsberry (outstanding featured actress in a musical), director (Thomas Kail), choregrapher (Andy Blankenbuehler), lighting design (Howell Binkley), sound design (Nevin Steinberg) and costume design (Paul Tazewell).

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Hamilton features scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Nevin Steinberg; hair and wig design by Charles G. LaPointe; music direction and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire; and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, and the cast of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

Lin-Manuel Miranda, center, and the cast of Hamilton. Photo by Joan Marcus

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (Book, Music, and Lyrics/Alexander Hamilton) is the Tony and Grammy award-winning composer-lyricist-star of Broadway’s In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of Broadway’s Bring it On: The Musical (2013 Tony nom., Best Musical, 2013 Drama Desk nom., Best Lyrics in a Musical). Miranda contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz’ Working and provided Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Miranda, along with Kitt, won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. As an actor, Miranda appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), and tick, tick… BOOM! (Jonathan). He is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, an improvisational hip-hop group that will launch a self-titled television series in October 2014 on Pivot TV. Additional TV and film credits include “The Electric Company,” “Sesame Street,” “The Sopranos,” “House,” “Modern Family,” “Do No Harm,” “Smash,” “How I Met Your Mother,” The Sex and the City MovieThe Odd Life of Timothy Green, and 200 Cartas.

THOMAS KAIL (Director). His Broadway credits include In the Heights (Tony nomination for Best Director); and two new plays, Lombardi and Magic/Bird. His Off-Broadway credits include In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.); at New York City Center Randy Newman’s Faust and The Wiz; Lincoln Center Theater’sBroke-ology and When I Come to Die; The Flea Theater’s Family Furniture (Drama Desk Nom.); and Second Stage Uptown’s The Tutors. Other credits include Williamstown Theater Festival’s Broke-ology; Paper Mill Playhouse’s Once on this Island; and the National Tour of In the Heights.   He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv groupFreestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, US Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival.  He served as the Creative Director of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Webby Awards. For television he  directed episodes of “2 Broke Girls”; “Oprah Winfrey’s 2010 Primetime Oscar Special” for ABC; the pilot episode of “Storymakers” for AMC; and he served as Co-Music Director and consulting producer on first season of PBS show “The Electric Company”. He is the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of  new TV Series “Freestyle Love Supreme” for Pivot; and he is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.

ANDY BLAKENBUEHLER (Choreography)’s Broadway credits include In The Heights (Tony, Outer Critics, Drama Desk Awards), Bring It On9 To 5The People In The PictureThe Apple TreeAnnieThe Wiz (City Center Encores). Regionally his credits include FLY (Dallas Theatre Center), Desperately Seeking Susan (West End), A Little Princess(Andrew Lippa), Joseph (National tour). Upcoming projects include Only Gold with British singer/songwriter Kate Nash.

JEFFREY SELLER is the winner of three Tony Awards for Best Musical:  Rent (1996), Avenue Q (2004) and In The Heights (2008).  Additional productions include De La Guarda, Andrew Lippa’s The Wild PartyLa Boheme, the 2009 revival of West Side Story, and this season’s The Last Ship.  As director his credits include  Fly (2013) at Dallas Theater Center.  He is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

SANDER JACOBS has been represented on Broadway with the Tony Award-winning Best Musical In The Heightsand the Tony Award-nominated West Side Story revival. Jacobs has served as a co-producer and/or investor for numerous Broadway, national and international productions, with a selection of theatre’s most celebrated and critically-acclaimed musicals including Les MiserablesThe Phantom of the OperaFollies and The Last Ship.

JILL FURMAN received the 2008 Tony Award for Best Musical for In The Heights. Other Broadway credits include Rodgers + Hammerstein’s CinderellaThe HeiressSeminarWest Side StoryThe Drowsy ChaperoneSly Fox andFortune’s Fool. Off-Broadway her credits include On The Line and Adult Entertainment.  Furman executive produced the Pivot television series “Freestyle Love Supreme,” starring the hip-hop improv group of the same name, and also produces the live version of the show.  In 2011, Furman received the Robert Whitehead Award for Outstanding Achievement in Commercial Theatre Producing. She is a member of the National Board of Review of Motion Pictures.

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cropped-lia-chang_photo-by-carlos-flores-3.jpgLia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, The Last Dragon and Taxman. She has guest starred on “One Life to Live,” “As the World Turns,” and “New York Undercover.” She is profiled in Jade Magazine.

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