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Hamilton: Jonathan Groff departing King George role, Rory O’Malley to replace him

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It’s official: King George III is this year’s Hedwig.

The Broadway smash Hamilton will welcome Tony nominee Rory O’Malley in the role of the surly King George, beginning April 11. The current inhabitant, Jonathan Groff, will vacate the role after the evening performance on April 9 (to work on David Fincher’s new Netflix series, Mindhunter).

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O’Malley is a Tony nominee for his breakout role as Elder McKinley in the original Broadway cast of The Book of Mormon. The former Partners star was scheduled to appear as Bill Gates in this spring’s canceled musical Nerds.

O’Malley is the fourth actor to inhabit the role in a professional production of Hamilton. Brian d’Arcy James originated the role of King George in the show’s off-Broadway mounting at the Public Theater, but left to appear in Something Rotten! on Broadway. After Groff donned the crown for the Broadway transfer, Andrew Rannells briefly stepped in when Groff departed to film HBO’s Looking movie last fall. 

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