Daveed Diggs, who won a Tony Award for his dual roles as Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette in “Hamilton,” is exiting the Broadway musical blockbuster on Friday, and producers announced casting for the previously announced Chicago production.
“Sorry for hogging Daveed Diggs so long,” creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted Wednesday, minutes after the show’s producers announced Diggs’ departure. “He’s headed to every movie/show you [love],” Miranda added, using a heart emoji. “SO proud we were his Bway debut.”
While the roles are being recast, Lafayette and Jefferson will be played by longtime understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart, producers said.
Diggs, 32, originated the roles in the Revolutionary War musical’s Off-Broadway production, which launched at the Joseph Papp Public Theater on Feb. 17, 2015. He won Theatre World and Lucille Lortel awards for his work there.
These were his first Off-Broadway and Broadway shows. Diggs’ screen roles so far, aside from shorts, have been limited to two appearances as defense attorney Henderson on “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit,” shot after his “Hamilton” stardom.
Additionally, producers said Karen Olivo, who won a Tony as Anita in the 2009 revival of “West Side Story,” will play Angelica Schuyler in the previously announced Chicago production of “Hamilton,” which begins previews Sept. 27. She’ll be joined by Miguel Cervantes in the lead role of Alexander Hamilton and Alexander Gemignani as King George III.
Other principal roles in Chicago’s “Hamilton” will be played by Ari Afsar (Eliza Hamilton), Chris Lee (Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson), Joseph Morales (Cervantes’ alternate as Hamilton), Jose Ramos (John Laurens and Phillip Hamilton), Wallace Smith (Hercules Mulligan and James Madison), and Samantha Marie Ware (Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds).