The Roots to Produce Hamilton Cast Album
The Roots members Questlove and Black Thought will produce the original Broadway cast recording of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, the writer-performer announced on Twitter. The album will drop in September, with further details to be revealed in the coming months.
Leading the company in his Lucille Lortel Award-winning performance is Miranda as Hamilton, alongside Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr), Drama Desk Award winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton), Jonathan Groff (King George), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), and Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Shuyler, Maria Reynolds). Javier Muñoz will take on the role of Alexander Hamilton once a week during the Broadway run at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
The ensemble, in alphabetical order, includes Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes, and Voltaire Wade-Greene.
Directed by Thomas Kail and inspired by Ron Chernow's biography Alexander Hamilton, 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. It begins Broadway previews July 13, with opening night set for August 6. Hamilton had its world premiere at the Public Theater.
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