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.
|Alexander Hamilton||Lin-Manuel Miranda|
|Aaron Burr||Leslie Odom, Jr.|
|Eliza Schuyler Hamilton||Phillipa Soo|
|Angelica Schuyler Church||Renée Elise Goldsberry|
|Marquis de Lafayette||Daveed Diggs|
|Thomas Jefferson||Daveed Diggs|
|George Washington||Christopher Jackson|
|King George III||Jonathan Groff|
|Peggy Schuyler||Jasmine Cephas Jones|
|John Laurens||Anthony Ramos|
|Philip Hamilton||Anthony Ramos|
|Hercules Mulligan||Okieriete Onaodowan|