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Daveed Diggs to exit Hamilton on 15 July 2016

Tom Millward
Tom Millward

Producer Jeffrey Seller has announced that Tony winner Daveed Diggs will play his final performance in his roles of Marquis De Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson on 15 July 2016. Until further notice, the roles will be covered by understudies Andrew Chappelle, Austin Smith and Seth Stewart.

Daveed Diggs won the Tony Award at this year's ceremony for 'Best Actor in a Featured Role in a Musical' for his performance, which is also marked his Broadway debut.

The principal cast of Hamilton currently includes Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton), Lexi Lawson (Eliza Hamilton), Tony winner Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Tony nominee Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Tony winner Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds) and Rory O'Malley (King George).

The Broadway production of Hamilton officially opened on 6 August 2015 to excellent reviews, following previews from 13 July, and is currently booking through to 21 May 2017.

Hamilton features a book, music, and lyrics by Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda, and is inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow.

Synopsis: "Hamilton is a new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. From bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy, Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become."

Hamilton is directed by Thomas Kail, with music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler, scenic design by David Korins, costume design by Paul Tazewell, lighting design by Howell Binkley, and sound design by Nevin Steinberg. It is produced on Broadway by The Public Theater, Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs and Jill Furman.

- by Tom Millward

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