Jonathan Groff to Wear Crown in 'Hamilton'

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The star of HBO's 'Looking' will step into the role of King George in Lin-Manuel Miranda's acclaimed bio-musical, which transfers to Broadway following its Public Theater premiere.

Hamilton has found its King George.

Jonathan Groff will step into the key supporting role in Lin-Manuel Miranda's wildly acclaimed bio-musical about immigrant founding father Alexander Hamilton, beginning performances on March 3.

He replaces Brian D'Arcy James, who leaves the production to star in another new musical, Something Rotten!, which starts previews on Broadway on March 23.

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Hamilton opened at the Public Theater to stellar reviews on Feb. 17 and will continue its extended off-Broadway run at that address through May 3. Producers on Tuesday announced that the show will then move almost immediately to Broadway's Richard Rodgers Theatre, beginning previews on July 13 for an Aug. 6 opening.

While Broadway casting is not yet confirmed, no major changes are expected for the move uptown. If Groff's schedule permits, and he remains with the show, it would mark his return to Broadway for the first time since his breakout role in the 2007 Tony-winning best musical, Spring Awakening.

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Since then, Groff has worked across theater, film and television, notably with a recurring role on Glee, as the voice of Kristoff in Disney's Frozen and as the central character on HBO's Looking.

Directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton features book, music and lyrics by Miranda, who also plays the title role. The show is a hip-hop-infused retelling of the birth of the independent American nation, as experienced by George Washington's right-hand man.

While the Public engagement is sold-out, tickets for the Broadway run go on sale March 8.

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