by Julian Spivey
“Hamilton” made its non-theater premiere on Disney+ on Friday, July 3, but it’s been four years since the original Broadway cast of the Tony-winning musical say goodbye to the show. We’re going to take a look at what the stars of the show have been up to since taking their final “Hamilton” bow … and to be honest it doesn’t quite seem as if most of them have had the post-‘Hamilton’ opportunities actors who’ve been in something this pop culturally significant should’ve had.
Played: Alexander Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda is the genius behind “Hamilton” as the show’s creator, composer, lyricist and star of the title role. Since his final bow as Alexander Hamilton, Miranda has unsurprisingly had the biggest post-‘Hamilton’ career of anybody in the cast. Shortly after he finished with “Hamilton” he wrote songs for Disney’s “Moana,” including the Academy Award and Golden Globe nominated Best Original Song “How Far I’ll Go.” In 2018, Miranda had a supporting role as Jack in the Disney film “Mary Poppins Returns,” alongside Emily Blunt. Miranda was nominated for a Golden Globe for his performance in the film. He also took up the Alexander Hamilton garb one more time for a charity performance in his home country of Puerto Rico after it was devastated by Hurricane Maria in 2017. This summer Miranda was supposed to have a supporting role in the film adaptation of “In the Heights,” which he co-created with Quiara Alegria Hudes and had his initial Broadway breakthrough with in 2008. The film has been pushed back to next summer.
Leslie Odom Jr.
Played: Aaron Burr
Leslie Odom Jr. won a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Aaron Burr in “Hamilton” and actually beat out Lin-Manuel Miranda in that category. Many believed Odom to be the true powerhouse of the musical. His career post-‘Hamilton’ has been a bit more focused on music than acting with Odom Jr. having released two albums: 2016’s Christmas release Simply Christmas, which was re-released in 2017, and last year’s Mr. On the acting side of things, he has had supporting roles as Dr. Arbuthnot in Kenneth Branagh’s 2017 remake of “Murder on the Orient Express” and as abolitionist William Still in last year’s “Harriet.”
Played: Eliza Hamilton
Of all of the cast of “Hamilton” it’s Phillipa Soo who has stuck the most to Broadway performances post-‘Hamilton.’ In fact, it was very long at all after taking her final bow as Hamilton’s wife Eliza that she jumped into the lead role in “Amelie,” which officially opened on April 3, 2017 and was done by the end of May of that year. Most recently she appeared alongside Uma Thurman in the Broadway play “The Parisian Woman,” which ran from November 30, 2017 until March of 2018. She also had a role in the 2019 CBS military drama “The Code,” which only ran one season.
Played: Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson
Multiple actors in “Hamilton” had dual (or should I say 'duel' - fine I won't do it again) roles, but none with as much stage time and gravitas as Daveed Diggs who absolutely owned the stage as both Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson. He won the Tony for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for the dual role. Shortly after his “Hamilton” run he had a 10-episode supporting performance in ABC’s terrific sitcom “Black-ish,” as Johan, the younger brother of Tracee Ellis Ross’s Rainbow Johnson. He had supporting roles in the 2017 film “Wonder” and the 2019 film “Velvet Buzzsaw,” and got some independent film acclaim in 2018’s “Blindspotting,” which he not only starred in but also produced and co-wrote (with Rafael Casal, who co-starred with him). Diggs is currently starring in the TNT drama series “Snowpierecer,” which is based off the 2013 Bong Joon-ho film of the same name, alongside Jennifer Connelly.
Played: George Washington
Christopher Jackson, who commanded the stage as George Washington in “Hamilton,” has perhaps had the most job security of any working actor in the stage musical since it ended as he’s had a supporting role on the CBS legal drama “Bull” for four seasons now and the series has been picked up for a fifth. Jackson plays Chunk Palmer, a former college football star turned fashion stylist who is becoming a lawyer. In addition to his role on “Bull,” he also supplied the singing voice for the character Chief Tui in Disney’s “Moana,” singing songs written by his “Hamilton” co-star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Played: Angelica Schuyler
Renee Elise Goldsberry’s performance as Angelica Schuyler won her a Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical. The veteran actress has been seen in multiple episode supporting roles as of late on great TV series like CBS’ “Evil” and NBC’s “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” and can be seen on Netflix’s “Altered Carbon.” She’s also had roles in Eli Roth’s 2018 film “The House with a Clock in its Walls” and Trey Edward Shults’ 2019 film “Waves.” She’s perhaps best known since her “Hamilton” days though for the hilarious performance as a Broadway star, not so far from real life, in a “Documentary Now” episode titled “Original Cast Album: Co-Op,” which is a wonderful parody of D.A. Pennebaker’s 1970 documentary “Original Cast Album: Company.”
Played: King George III
Jonathan Groff essentially was the comedic relief in “Hamilton” playing King George III in a manner of someone who’s breaking up with a loved one but believes indignantly they’ll return. Since Groff relinquished his throne as King George III he has starred in the critically-acclaimed Netflix psychological crime drama “Mindhunter” for two seasons, the first premiering in 2017 and the second in 2019. Groff has reprised his voice role as Kristoff in Disney’s “Frozen II,” which was released in November of last year.
Played: John Laurens and Philip Hamilton
Anthony Ramos played the tragic dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in “Hamilton.” Since then he’s gotten engaged to his “Hamilton” co-star Jasmine Cephas Jones, who played Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds. Ramos played the character of Mars Blackmon in Netflix’s “She’s Gotta Have It,” based on the 1986 Spike Lee film of the same name, for two seasons. He’s also performed in regional performances of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “In the Heights” in the lead role of Usnavi de la Vega. Ramos reprised the role for the film version, directed by Jon M. Chu, that was supposed to premiere in June but has been delayed to June of 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Played: Hercules Mulligan and James Madison
Okieriete Onaodowan played the dual roles of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in “Hamilton” and since taking his final bow has shared his time between the stage and the small screen. Onaodowan played the male lead of Pierre Bezukhov in the final month of Broadway’s “Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812” in 2017. Since March of 2018 Onaodowan has been part of the cast of ABC’s drama “Station 19,” a spin-off of the popular “Grey’s Anatomy,” which follows the men and women of Seattle’s Fire Station 19. The show has aired three seasons thus far and has been renewed for a fourth.
Jasmine Cephas Jones
Played: Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds
As mentioned previously, Jasmine Cephas Jones has gotten engaged to her “Hamilton” co-star Anthony Ramos. The two got engaged in late 2018 and have been together since 2015 when they were both in the Broadway musical. Jones has had supporting roles in a handful of films since her days on “Hamilton,” most notable with “Hamilton” co-star Daveed Diggs in 2018’s “Blindspotting” and in “The Photograph,” which came out earlier this year. On the stage she played the role of Roxanne in an Off-Broadway performance of “Cyrano” in 2019. In March of this year she released the EP Blue Bird.