The Cast of Hamilton: Now and Then
August 9, 2016

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

Jillianne Hamilton is a history enthusiast and the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle (historical fiction), The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street (historical romance), and The Lazy Historian’s Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII (non-fiction). Jill launched The Lazy Historian in 2015. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada’s beautiful east coast. Learn more.

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Hi, I'm Jillianne.

I'm a historical fiction writer, a lover of history, and a hoarder of books. I'm the author of The Spirited Mrs. Pringle, The Hobby Shop on Barnaby Street, and The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII.

The Lazy Historian is a history blog featuring stories from the past with sass. With a focus on Western European and women's history, I delve into anything fascinating. Learn more.