Hamilton announces new Burr, Eliza
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History has its eyes on Brandon Victor Dixon and Lexi Lawson: Dixon is set as Hamilton‘s new Aaron Burr on Broadway, replacing original cast member Leslie Odom Jr., while Lawson takes over for Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton. Producer Jeffrey Seller announced the casting on Wednesday.
Fans looking for Dixon, whose current role in Shuffle Along earned him a Tony nomination for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, will have to wait: The two-time Tony Award nominee steps into Odom Jr.’s role in mid-August (date TBA), after Shuffle Along shutters on July 24. Lawson debuts as Eliza on July 11, the same date Javier Muñoz formally takes over the title role from Lin-Manuel Miranda. Muñoz has performed as Miranda’s alternate since the musical debuted Off-Broadway last year. Michael Luwoye also joins the cast beginning July 11 as Muñoz’s alternate, playing the role once a week.
In addition to his Shuffle Along nomination, Dixon was previously nominated for Best Featured Actor for the original production of The Color Purple. Dixon also starred in Motown: The Musical on Broadway, which earned him a Grammy Award nomination, and headlined the original cast of The Scottsboro Boys Off-Broadway at the Vineyard Theatre. He took the role to London’s West End, where he received an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.
Lawson played Vanessa in the first national tour of Miranda’s Tony-winning Best Musical In the Heights and performed as Mimi in the Broadway tour of Rent. Luwoye makes his Broadway debut in Hamilton after appearing Off-Broadway in the musical Invisible Thread, which netted him a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor.