Michael Luwoye, who starred in the title role of the hit musical Hamilton on the National Tour when it commenced earlier this year in San Francisco and then transferred to the Panatages Theatere in Los Angeles, will come to Broadway as Alexander Hamilton on January 16, 2018. He succeeds Javier Muñoz in the production at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Mr. Luwoye made his Broadway debut in Hamilton as an alternate to Muñoz, and he is also the first actor to play both the roles of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr in the Broadway production. On one particular two-show day, Luwoye played Hamilton during a matinee performance and went on that evening as Burr. He has also appeared on the Off-Broadway musical Invisible Thread, receiving a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for his performance.
Hamilton features a book, music and lyrics by Tony Award-winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler. The production won eleven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Mr. Miranda also received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama for his creation of Hamilton.
“Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now.”
Besides its enormously-popular, ongoing Broadway run, Hamilton has productions running in Chicago, and in Los Angeles (through December 2017). A London production will open on December 21, 2017, and a second U.S. national tour begins February 2018 in Seattle. Hamilton will also play a three-week run, January 8th through 27th, 2019 at Teatro UPR, the theater at the University of Puerto Rico’s main campus in the Río Piedras section of San Juan
Mark Robinson is the author of the two-volume encyclopedia The World of Musicals and maintains a theater and entertainment blog at markrobinsonwrites.com.