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What comes next for Taran Killam? Broadway.
The Saturday Night Live alum will make his Broadway debut in Hamilton, producers announced Wednesday. He will step into the ornate shoes of the comical King George — originated by Jonathan Groff and also played by Andrew Rannells, and Brian d’Arcy James off-Broadway — beginning Jan. 17. Rory O’Malley, who currently plays the role, will play his final performance on Jan. 15.
Killam will be joined by a handful of other new additions to the principal cast: Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds (beginning Friday), J. Quinton Johnson as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison (Jan. 6), Bryan Terrell Clark as George Washington (Jan. 10) and Anthony Lee Medina as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton (March).
Killam joins the hit production upon exiting SNL earlier this year after six seasons on the NBC series. He also will star in Mating, Showtime’s comedic anthology pilot from Parenthood and Friday Night Lights creator Jason Katims. Killam also recently wrapped his feature directorial debut, Why We’re Killing Gunther, an action comedy he wrote and also stars in with Arnold Schwarzenegger. His previous stage work includes last summer’s Encores Off Center production of Little Shop of Horrors with Jake Gyllenhaal.
Coincidentally, his wife Cobie Smulders will also make her Broadway debut in the same year, opposite Kevin Kline and Kate Burton in the revival of the play Present Laughter.
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