Lin-Manuel Miranda not only wrote Hamilton: An American Musical, he also stars in the acclaimed production as the title Founding Father. Before the show first hit the Off-Broadway stage in 2015, Miranda was already celebrated for his stage work, thanks to In the Heights. The Tony winner penned the music and lyrics in the late ’90s, seeing the show to production in the 2000s. He also expanded his résumé with on-screen work, including a minor role in a 2007 episode of The Sopranos (pictured above).
Leslie Odom Jr.
Leslie Odom Jr. picked up a Tony nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his turn as Hamilton‘s Aaron Burr. In addition to his stage work, the actor spent the early years of his career popping up in numerous TV shows, such as Gilmore Girls (pictured above), in which he played Quentin Walsh, the so-called “pompous Princeton guy” who appears on a journalism panel with Rory. Odom also spent three years on CSI: Miami and was also a cast member on the NBC series Smash.
Phillipa Soo earned a Tony nomination for playing Eliza Schuyler Hamilton in Hamilton. Before bringing Alexander Hamilton’s wife to the stage, Soo spent years studying at The Juilliard School, performing in the program’s Hail Mary! Gala Tribute (pictured above), before graduating in 2012. Soon after earning her degree, Soo appeared in a few episodes of Smash as Lexi.
Renee Elise Goldsberry
Before playing Hamilton‘s Angelica Schuyler Church, Renee Elise Goldsberry spent years as a singer on Ally McBeal (pictured above). She added to her résumé with four years on One Life to Live as Evangeline Williamson, and multiple stage performances.
Before Daveed Diggs took the Hamilton stage as Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, he proved his music chops with the time he spent working on a recording career. Diggs released his own music such as the single “Fresh From The Hood” (pictured in the accompanying music video above) off of his 2012 album Small Things to a Giant and collaborated with other musicians such as Rafael Casal and True Neutral Crew.
Christopher Jackson stars in Hamilton as George Washington. Since making his debut Off-Broadway 20 years ago, Jackson earned stage credits for The Lion King, worked with Miranda on In the Heights, and hit the small screen in 2003 episodes of Oz (pictured above).
Tony nominee Jonathan Groff played King George III in Hamilton. Before coming into the role, the One Life to Live, Boss, and Looking alum hit Broadway in Spring Awakening as Melchior Gabor (pictured above).
Jasmine Cephas Jones
Hamilton found Peggy Schuyler and Maria Reynolds in Jasmine Cephas Jones. The young actress picked up early TV roles before making her way to Broadway, popping up in one 2013 episode of Blue Bloods (pictured above).
Anthony Ramos hit the stage in regional and tour productions before taking on the roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in Hamilton. Before his debut, he also nabbed small TV roles, such as two 2015 episodes of Younger (pictured above).
Okieriete Onaodowan stars in Hamilton as Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. Before coming into the Broadway role, he spent years Off-Broadway and on the small screen, appearing in one 2014 episode of Blue Bloods (pictured above).