Brandon Victor Dixon, the Broadway regular who was nominated for a Tony earlier this year for his performance in “Shuffle Along,” will step into “Hamilton” in August in the the role of Aaron Burr, the title character’s nemesis and the role that won Leslie Odom, Jr. a lead acting trophy at the Tony Awards.
Also joining the cast this summer are Lexi Lawson, replacing the departing Phillipa Soo as Hamilton’s wife Eliza, and Michael Luwoye (“Invisible Thread“), who will play one performance a week in the title role, serving as alternate for Javier Munoz, who takes over as Alexander Hamilton later this month.
The replacement casting in “Hamilton” has been a subject of much discussion this summer, with three of the show’s major players — creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Soo and Odom, Jr. — scheduled to depart July 9. In the countdown to that final performance, ticket prices to the show have soared on the secondary market and fans have camped out for cancellations.
Dixon will come to “Hamilton” fresh off “Shuffle Along,” which closes at the end of the month. On Broadway he also starred in the original production of “The Color Purple” as well as “Motown,” and he led the Off Broadway cast of “The Scottsboro Boys.” He’ll start up in “Hamilton” sometime in the middle of August, with an exact date to be determined.
Lawson, who’s starred in touring productions of “In the Heights” and “Rent,” joins the cast July 11, as does Luwoye.