The throne is being passed from one Broadway and HBO star to another.
Andrew Rannells will step into the role of King George III in the smash Broadway production of Hamilton, replacing outgoing star Jonathan Groff from Oct. 27 through Nov. 29.
Rannells, who will return this year for the fifth season of Girls, marks his fifth production on Broadway with Hamilton, playing the peeved King of England who pops up throughout the show to check in on his rebellious American wards. The Book of Mormon star most recently tread the boards last summer, when he became the first replacement for Neil Patrick Harris in the recently-shuttered Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
Groff, meanwhile, departs the production to return to the city by the bay to shoot the Looking movie, wrapping up the HBO dramedy with the promised film adaptation greenlit by the network following the series’ cancellation after two seasons. He’ll return to Hamilton on Dec. 1.
Groff originated the role of King George on Broadway, inheriting it from Something Rotten! star Brian d’Arcy James, who first created the regal part in the show’s premiere at the Public Theater.