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

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. Her debut non-fiction book, The Lazy Historian's Guide to the Wives of Henry VIII is now available. She lives in Charlottetown on Canada's beautiful east coast and is working on her debut historical fiction novel.
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