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Jonathan Groff Joins Hamilton at the Public Theater

Groff steps in for ”Something Rotten!”’s Brian d’Arcy James tonight.

Jonathan Groff begins performances of Hamilton tonight at the Public Theater.
Jonathan Groff begins performances of Hamilton tonight at the Public Theater.
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Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff begins performances in Lin-Manuel Miranda's Broadway-bound musical Hamilton at the Public Theater tonight. He takes on the comic role of King George, previously played by Tony nominee Brian d'Arcy James, who has exited the production to join the Broadway cast of Something Rotten!

Groff is best known on Broadway for his Tony-nominated performance opposite Lea Michele as Melchior in the musical Spring Awakening. He currently stars on the HBO series Looking and has had several guest-starring appearances on Glee.

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.

Miranda stars in 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.

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Closed: May 3, 2015