Joshua Henry Joins Chicago Production of ‘Hamilton’

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Two-time Tony Award nominee Joshua Henry (“The Scottsboro Boys,” “Violet”) is the latest name to be announced in the casting of Chicago’s most anticipated fall theater production. Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton,” which begins performances at the PrivateBank Theatre Sept. 27, will be led by Henry as Aaron Burr.

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The actor (who worked with Miranda in the original Broadway production of “In the Heights”) just completed the Broadway run of George C. Wolfe’s “Shuffle Along,” originating the role of Noble Sissle. He joins previously announced “Hamilton” Chicago cast members Karen Olivo as Angelica Schuyler, Miguel Cervantes as Alexander Hamilton, Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton, Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, Jose Ramos as John Laurens and Philip Hamilton, Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison, Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds, and Alexander Gemignani as King George III. For ticketing information, visit

Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry’s replacement at Broadway’s Richard Rodgers Theatre was also just announced. Mandy Gonzalez, best known for originating the role of Nina in Miranda’s “In the Heights,” will play Angelica, beginning at a to-be-announced date in the fall. The Drama Desk– and Obie Award–winning actor has also appeared in “Madam Secretary” and “Quantico,” and as Elphaba in Broadway’s “Wicked.”

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