When Hamilton burst onto the Broadway scene, the cast was unknown to the pop culture zeitgeist at large—and only a few faces were familiar to theatre fans. But the hip-hop musical proved a launchpad for the careers of many of its stars. Here, we take a look at the work the original stars (from A. Ham to ensemblists) have done since exiting the Broadway production and where you can find them in movies, on television, and onstage:
Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer, composer-lyricist, original Alexander Hamilton
Rarely a day goes by that Miranda doesn’t make news, but in case you’ve been living like our forefathers in 1776 here’s an update. Since departing Broadway’s Hamilton July 9, 2016, Miranda hosted the October 8, 2016, episode of Saturday Night Live—featuring the epic “Crucible Cast Party” and earning an Emmy nomination—and earned an Oscar nomination for Best Original Song for Moana. He’s been announced as a contributing composer to the Disney’s live action The Little Mermaid; he wrapped filming as the leading man in Mary Poppins Returns; and he composed and recorded the new theme song to Netflix’s cartoon reboot Magic School Bus Rides Again. As a producer, he is creating a television series of the best-selling Kingkiller Chronicle books for Showtime. A verified public figure, Miranda has helped raise millions of dollars and awareness for Puerto Rico after it was ravaged by Hurricane Maria; his single “Almost Like Praying” gathered Grammy-winning Latin pop stars to record the original song in support of the U.S. commonwealth. And those are just the highlights. Up next (at least for today), Miranda will reprise the role of A. Ham in the 2019 Puerto Rican production of his Tony- and Pulitzer-winning Hamilton.
Leslie Odom, Jr., Aaron Burr
After winning the Tony for his performance as Hamilton’s rival, Leslie Odom, Jr. moved into the recording space. His self-titled debut album was released in June 2016 and Simply Christmas was released just in time for the holidays last year. Odom just announced plans to release a new album come 2018. But between recording sessions, Odom made his feature film debut in Kenneth Branaugh’s Murder on the Orient Express as Dr. Arbuthnot and also became a dad with his wife, actor Nicolette Robinson. Odom continues to wow audiences with his mellifluous voice in concert appearances nationwide; you can catch him December 19 as part of Live From Lincoln Center’s broadcast concert series.
Daveed Diggs, Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson
The fast-rapping, charismatic Tony winner has catapulted to one of the most in-demand and active talents in Hollywood. Though he continues his Bars Workshop NYC with Rafael Casal at Off-Broadway’s Public Theater, Diggs keeps busy on the West Coast. A recurring guest star on ABC’s black-ish, Diggs plays Rainbow’s brother Johan Johnson in the hit comedy series; then he popped up on Netflix in Season 3 of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt as the titular character’s new love interest. He voices animated character Dos in the upcoming Ferdinand based on the children’s book (in theatres December 15). He starred in the made-for-TV movie Tour de Pharmacy, and is being hailed for his recent performance alongside Julia Roberts, Owen Wilson, and Jacob Tremblay in Wonder (now in theatres). The Mayor, the network comedy series for which he serves as executive producer and composer, has been named the Best New Comedy of the season by Entertainment Weekly. To top it all off, he will appear in the upcoming 2018 series Snowpiercer, and is writing and starring in his own movie, Blindspotting, now in pre-production. The man is non-stop.
Renée Elise Goldsberry, Angelica Schuyler
Just like her Hamilton character, Goldsberry has been championing the untold stories of strong women. After winning the Tony for her work as the eldest Schuyler, she starred as the title character in Oprah’s The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about an African-American woman who became the unwitting pioneer to produce the first immortal human cell line. The film aired on HBO April 22 of this year. Currently, Goldsberry is in production for The House with a Clock in its Walls, starring Cate Blanchett and Jack Black. The movie follows an orphan who helps his uncle find a clock with apocalyptic powers. The film is set for a September 2018 release.
Phillipa Soo, Eliza Schuyler Hamilton
Hamilton’s leading lady departed the show at the same time as Miranda and Odom to play the title role in Amélie, the musical adaptation of the Oscar-nominated movie. Another Hamilton alum who provided vocals for Moana, Soo recently wed actor Steven Pasquale, a close friend of Miranda’s whom she met while in rehearsal for Hamilton Off-Broadway. In the movie realm, Soo will appear alongside Sarah Jessica Parker and Renée Zellweger in the upcoming Best Day of My Life. But theatrelovers rejoice because Soo is currently back on Broadway in The Parisian Woman, by House of Cards creator Beau Willimon.
Jasmine Cephas Jones. Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds
The youngest Schuyler sister was the last of the original cast members to leave the Broadway production. Since exiting, she joined her Schuyler sisters in the Star-Spangled Banner for the 2017 Super Bowl and guested on HBO’s Girls. Next, she’ll star in Diggs’ film Blindspotting.
Jonathan Groff, King George
The two-time Tony nominee whose iconic King George even got Beyoncé talking continues to take risks that pay off. After leaving the show April 9, 2016, (before his Tony nomination for King George clocked in), Groff filmed the HBO Looking movie. Since then, Groff caused a stir as the lead in the first podcast musical 36 Questions and now captivates audiences on Netflix’s new series Mindhunter, where he plays the FBI detective who essentially founded psychological profiling when it comes to solving crimes. Groff is again the voice of Frozen’s Kristoff in the spinoff short Olaf’s Frozen Adventure; and while original stars Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel, and Josh Gad are confirmed for Frozen 2, we’re still waiting to hear if Groff will be back in the picture.
Chris Jackson, George Washington
A Tony nominee for his portrayal of our first president, Jackson was actually pulling double duty—filming CBS’ Bull while performing on Broadway. He exited the show November 13, 2016, but Bull is going strong in its second season. Following a trial science firm who helps clients select favorable juries, Jackson plays the firm’s stylist, Chunk Palmer. Jackson also provided the singing voice for Chief Tui in Disney’s Moana, showcased in the opening number “Where You Are.”
Okieriete Onaodowan, Hercules Mulligan/James Madison
Previously an unknown, Hamilton put Onaodowan on the map. He took over the title role of Pierre in the Tony-nominated musical Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812 after Grammy nominee Josh Groban departed. But soon, occupants of Shondaland will be able to watch “Oak” weekly on the Grey’s Anatomy spinoff about Seattle firefighters that also stars Groundhog Day’s Barrett Doss.
Anthony Ramos, John Laurens/Philip Hamilton
Ramos’ star is another one that is fast-rising—particularly in Hollywood. Cast in the Will & Grace reboot, Ramos plays Grace’s new assistant (and eye candy) Tony. He’s also starring in Spike Lee’s new streaming series She’s Gotta Have It for Netflix, based on the movie of the same name. Ramos is in pre-production for Summertime written and directed by Ed Burns. In 2018, Ramos comes to the big screen alongside Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, and in 2019, he’ll play the role of Corporal Martinez in Godzilla: King of Monsters.
Javier Muñoz, alternate Alexander Hamilton
Miranda’s original alternate in the leading role, Muñoz has taken over full time and still stars in the Broadway production of the hit. Though his weekly Main Stem schedule keeps him busy, he has also appeared in guest spots on Quantico, Shadowhunters, and Blindspot and earlier this month lent his talents to The Children’s Monologues at Carnegie Hall.
Carleigh Bettiol, Ensemble
After departing Hamilton, Bettiol joined the ensemble of Broadway’s Bandstand (directed and choreographed by Hamilton choreographer Andy Blankenbuehler) where she also covered the lead role of Julia Trojan.
Ariana Debose, Ensemble
The actor left Hamilton to take on her first leading role on Broadway, as Jane in Broadway’s A Bronx Tale The Musical, where she performed until August 30, 2017. She is currently starring in Summer: The Donna Summer Musical at La Jolla Playhouse.
Sydney James Harcourt, Ensemble
The original James Reynolds, Harcourt replaced for Aaron Burr for a brief stint on Broadway. He recently sang the National Anthem at the 2017 U.S. Open.
Sasha Hutchings, Ensemble
An understudy for Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Hutchings appeared Off-Broadway in The New Group’s Sweet Charity in 2016 and played leading lady Kathy Selden in the ZACH Theatre production of Singin’ In The Rain in Austin this fall.
Emmy Raver-Lapman, Ensemble
The actor currently plays the role of Angelica Schuyler on the national tour of Hamilton, having covered the role on Broadway and in the Chicago sit-down production.
Jon Rua, Ensemble
The standby for Alexander Hamilton, Rua did go on in the lead role a few times. Now, he’s dancing up a storm in Broadway’s new SpongeBob SquarePants, The Musical, which officially opens December 4 at the Palace Theatre.
Austin Smith, Ensemble
After Hamilton, Smith performed in Lincoln Center Theater’s 2017 Off-Broadway production of How to Transcend a Happy Marriage.
Seth Stewart, Ensemble
An original ensemblist in the show, Stewart was bumped up to the dual roles of Lafayette/Jefferson from September 2016 through April 2017. You can also catch him in the PBS documentary In The Heights: Chasing Broadway Dreams.
Betsy Struxness, Ensemble
Though not widely known, Struxness understudied the role of Angelica in the Broadway production. She had a role on an episode of Broad City and just wrapped short film In The Field, which she produced.
Ephraim Sykes, Ensemble
Featured as George Eacker, Sykes also covered the roles of Mulligan/Madison on Broadway. Last year, Sykes played the role of Seaweed in the broadcast television event Hairspray Live!. He appeared in the world-premiere production of Ain’t Too Proud at Berkely Rep earlier this year.
Andrew Chappelle, Swing
Most recently, the Hamilton ensemblist was seen in Muny’s Jesus Christ Superstar during the 2017 summer season.
Neil Haskell, Swing
Originally a swing on the show (a.k.a. an “understudy” for ensemble tracks), Haskell is now a full time member of the company’s ensemble.
Stephanie Klemons, Swing
A swing for Broadway’s Hamilton, Klemons is currently in tech rehearsals for the West End production of the show, which opens December 6 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
— Stephanie Klemons (@Steph_Klem) November 20, 2017
Morgan Marcell, Swing
The Hamilton swing traded in one Blankenbuehler show for another, joining the original ensemble of Broadway’s Bandstand after leaving the Miranda-penned musical.
Voltaire Wade-Green, Swing
Wade-Green just left the Broadway production on October 8. We can’t wait to see what he has in store.