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Chicago ‘Hamilton’ Casts Its Aaron Burr; Broadway Lands New Angelica

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Joshua Henry has joined the Chicago cast of “Hamilton,” signing on to play Aaron Burr, the nemesis of the title character and the part that won Leslie Odom, Jr. a Tony Award. Meanwhile, Mandy Gonzalez, another actor who previously worked with “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda in the original Broadway production of “In the Heights,” will step into the role of Angelica Schuyler on Broadway.

Henry made his Broadway debut in the ensemble of “In the Heights,” and went on to appear in musicals including “Violet” in 2014 and “The Scottsboro Boys” in 2010 (both of which earned him Tony nominations); his most recent Broadway credit is the just-shuttered “Shuffle Along.” In Chicago’s “Hamilton,” he’ll star opposite the previously announced Miguel Cervantes (as Alexander Hamilton) and Karen Olivo as Angelica, the part for which Renee Elise Goldsberry won a Tony Award.

On Broadway, Gonzalez will join the cast in October following the exit of Goldsberry, who’ll leave to appear in the Netflix series Altered Carbon. Exact dates for both Goldsberry’s departure and Gonzalez’s start remain to be set.

“Hamilton,” the stage juggernaut that opened on Broadway about a year ago, will launch its long-term Chicago engagement Sept. 27 at the PrivateBank Theater. It’ll be followed by another production that will play 21-week runs in San Francisco and Los Angeles; a London staging is also on the way.