In an interview with the L.A. Times, former alternate on Broadway and current star in the touring production of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical, Hamilton, Michael Luwoye reveals he will officially step into that role of Alexander Hamilton on the Broadway stage starting in January of next year.
Following an off-Broadway role in Invisible Thread, Luwoye made his Broadway debut as the Hamilton alternate for Javier Muñoz, from whom he will take over the role, and the understudy for Aaron Burr, in 2016. He was the first black actor to take on the titular role, following Miranda and his original alternate who are both of Puerto Rican descent. That fall, he became the first actor to portray both of the musical’s leading male roles in the same day, performing as Hamilton at a matinee and as Aaron Burr at night.
He then stepped into the role full-time for the national tour, which kicked off in San Francisco in March, and he’ll wrap up at Los Angeles’ Pantages Theatre on December 30. No replacement for Luwoye has yet been announced.
“I haven’t given myself enough space to actually process it,” he says of securing the role on Broadway. “I feel like I could cry about it.”
The current Broadway cast of Hamilton at the Richard Rogers Theatre also includes Daniel Breaker as Aaron Burr, Bryan Terrell Clark as George Washington, Mandy Gonzalez as Angelica Schuyler, James Monroe Iglehart as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, J. Quinton Johnson as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, Joanna A. Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Lexi Lawson as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Lee Medina as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton and Euan Morton as King George.