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Brandon Victor Dixon Takes Over 'Hamilton' Role From Leslie Odom Jr.
Pardon me -- are you Aaron Burr, sir?
Brandon Victor Dixon is taking over the joint-lead role of Aaron Burr from Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. in the Broadway production of Hamilton, producers announced Wednesday.
Odom will exit the production July 9, along with fellow original castmembers Miranda and Phillipa Soo, who plays Eliza Hamilton.
As previously announced, Miranda's longtime alternate, Javier Munoz, will take over permanently in the title role, while Lexi Lawson will step into the role of Eliza, making her Broadway debut after previously appearing in national tours of In the Heights and Rent. She is the second new principal actor that is also an In the Heights alum, as is original Hamilton castmember Christopher Jackson, who will continue in the role of George Washington.
Dixon -- who was previously featured in the original Broadway production of The Color Purple and Motown: The Musical -- is currently starring in Shuffle Along, Or The Making of the Musical Sensation of 1921 and All That Followed, which landed 10 Tony nominations but was left empty-handed by the Hamilton sweep. Despite strong box office, that production last month announced an abrupt closing date of July 24, the same day Audra McDonald is scheduled to depart the show on maternity leave.
Lawson will join the Hamilton cast July 11. Henry will finish out the run of Shuffle Along while rehearsing for Hamilton, before joining the cast in an August date to be announced.
Michael Luwoye will make his Broadway debut as alternate to Munoz in the title role.
A legitimate phenomenon that has drawn almost unprecedented attention to Broadway, Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards. The show has been playing to capacity audiences since it took up residence at the Richard Rodgers Theatre last July and is sold our for months in advance, with cumulative grosses of $86 million to date.