'Hamilton' Enlists Rory O'Malley to Play King George

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Rory O'Malley

The Tony-nominated actor will play the tart-tongued George III starting April 11, replacing Jonathan Groff.

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award nominee Rory O'Malley, whose bid to return to Broadway this season in Nerds failed, has found another way — in the mega-success Hamilton.

O'Malley, who was last seen on Broadway as Elder McKinley in The Book of Mormon, will play the tart-tongued George III starting April 11.

He'll replace Jonathan Groff, whose last show will be April 9. He is leaving to film David Fincher's new drama series for Netflix called Mindhunter.

Written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton, about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, tells the true story of an orphan immigrant from the Caribbean who rises to the highest ranks of American society, told by a young African-American and Latino cast.

O'Malley, whose other Broadway credits include The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, was to star as Bill Gates in the musical Nerds but financing fell through.

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