Javier Muñoz, who succeeded Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Hamilton” last July, has a back injury and is on temporary medical leave. Filling in for him as the world’s hippest Founding Father is standby Jevon McFerrin, who joined Broadway’s mega-phenomenon in September and played his first Alexander in January.
Muñoz has been closely identified with Miranda’s work for years. He succeeded the composer/author/actor as the lead in his first Broadway hit, “In the Heights,” in 2009 and was the star’s alternate since 2015. Muñoz, who has been HIV positive since 2002, is also a cancer survivor who had surgery and radiation in the fall of 2015, before returning to the show.
McFerrin is the son of jazz star Bobby McFerrin and grandson of the late opera baritone Robert McFerrin. In a tweet yesterday, Muñoz said, “Part of a successful healing is knowing that the show is in the masterful hands of alternate & friend @JevonMcFerrin.”
A “Hamilton” spokesman confirmed the back injury but wouldn’t say if he was hurt during performance or when the injury occurred.