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Broadway-Bound Hamilton Will Welcome New King

Brian d'Arcy James exits the production March 1.

Jonathan Groff will take over for Brian d'Arcy James in the role of King George in Hamilton.
(© David Gordon)

The Public Theater announced today that Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening, Looking) will join the cast of the Broadway-bound musical Hamilton as King George on Tuesday, March 3. Groff, who performed in The Public's recent revival of Hair as well as The Bacchae and The Singing Forest, replaces Brian d'Arcy James, who will be starring this spring in the new Broadway musical Something Rotten!

The world premiere musical Hamilton, inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, has a book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda and is directed by Thomas Kail. The production has been extended three times at The Public and will close as scheduled on Sunday, May 3 prior to a Broadway transfer to the Richard Rodgers Theatre beginning July 13 and opening August 6.

Hamilton explores the life of the American founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury, as well as his experiences as an orphan of the British West Indies who immigrated to the 13 Colonies and helped shape the United States of America.

Miranda takes on the title role, with a principal cast that includes Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds). The ensemble is made up of Carleigh Bettiol, Ariana DeBose, Sydney James Harcourt, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Jon Rua, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, and Voltaire Wade-Greene. Swings are Andrew Chappelle and Alysha Deslorieux. Javier Muñoz serves as standby for Hamilton.

Hamilton features scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, sound design by Nevin Steinberg, music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

For tickets to Hamilton at the Public Theater, click here.

Tickets for the Broadway run go on sale March 8 at 10am.

Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton, and Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton in Hamilton at the Public Theater.
(© Joan Marcus)