'Hamilton' Finds New Leads in 'Shuffle Along,' 'In the Heights' Stars

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Two-time Tony nominee Brandon Victor Dixon will join the cast as Aaron Burr, along with Lexi Lawson, who takes over the role of Eliza Hamilton.

Pardon me — are you Aaron Burr, sir?

Brandon Victor Dixon is taking over the joint-lead role of Burr from Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. in the Broadway production of Hamilton, lead producer Jeffrey Seller announced Wednesday.

Odom will exit the production Saturday, along with fellow original castmembers Lin-Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton and Phillipa Soo, who plays his wife, Eliza.

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 Miranda's breakout musical, In the Heights, and Rent. (Read THR's chat with Dixon and Lawson here.)

Dixon currently is 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.

Dixon has twice been nominated for a Tony Award for best featured actor in a musical, for The Color Purple in 2006 and for Shuffle Along this year. He also starred in the original cast of Motown: The Musical and played the lead role both in the off-Broadway premiere and in London's West End of The Scottsboro Boys. Dixon will finish out the Shuffle Along run and begin performances mid-August in Hamilton, at a date to be announced.

Also joining the cast is Michael Luwoye, who will make his Broadway debut as Munoz's alternate, playing the role of Alexander Hamilton at one performance per week. Luwoye and Lawson will join the Hamilton company Monday.

A legitimate phenomenon that has drawn almost unprecedented attention to Broadway, Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards last month. 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.

Reps for the show confirmed that Tony winners Daveed Diggs and Renee Elise Goldsberry, as well as fellow original principals including Christopher Jackson, Okieriete Onaodowan, Anthony Ramos and Jasmine Cephas Jones, have renewed their contracts and will remain with the production for an unspecified time.