The Cast of Hamilton: Now and Then

Hamilton combines two of my favorite things—musicals and history—into something exceptional. The hip hopera swept the Tonys this year and has made writer/performer Lin-Manuel Miranda a household name. One of the many things that makes Hamilton unique is the choice to cast almost every role with non-white actors, to better show what America looks like now, a diverse ethnic melting pot.

I’m a big history portrait nerd so I was naturally curious as to how the actors from the original Broadway cast compared with their historical figure counterpart.

 

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Alexander Hamilton Lin-Manuel Miranda

 

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Aaron Burr Leslie Odom, Jr.

 

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Eliza Schuyler Hamilton Phillipa Soo

 

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Angelica Schuyler Church Renée Elise Goldsberry

 

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Marquis de Lafayette Daveed Diggs

 

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Thomas Jefferson Daveed Diggs

 

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George Washington Christopher Jackson

 

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King George III Jonathan Groff

 

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Peggy Schuyler Jasmine Cephas Jones

 

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John Laurens Anthony Ramos

 

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Philip Hamilton Anthony Ramos

 

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Hercules Mulligan Okieriete Onaodowan
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Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast, author, graphic designer, paper crafter and artist living on Canada's beautiful east coast.

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