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


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 headshotJillianne Hamilton is an author, history enthusiast, book lover and graphic designer. Her debut novel, Molly Miranda: Thief for Hire, was shortlisted for the 2016 Prince Edward Island Book Award. She is currently working on her first non-fiction book. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast.
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