Casting for Chicago’s ‘Hamilton’ announced

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Miguel Cervantes will star as the title character in the Chicago production of “Hamilton.” |SUPPLIED PHOTO

The tickets for the initial run of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamilton” in Chicago have been sold out for weeks. But now the cast has been announced.

Karen Olivo, who received a 2009 Tony Award for her performance as Anita in the Broadway revival of “West Side Story,” and played Vanessa in the Broadway production of Miranda’s “In the Heights,” will play Angelica Schuyler.  Miguel Cervantes, whose Broadway credits include “If/Then” and “American Idiot” will play Alexander Hamilton. And another Broadway veteran, Alexander Gemignani, who has appeared in “Les Miserables” and many Stephen Sondheim musicals on Broadway will play King George III.

Karen Olivo will play Angelique Schuyler, the fetching sister of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, in the Chicago production of “Hamilton.” (Photo: Courtesy of the show)

Karen Olivo will play Angelique Schuyler, the fetching sister of Alexander Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, in the Chicago production of “Hamilton.” (Photo: Courtesy of the show)

Afsar Ari has been cast as Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler, and Chris Lee will play the dual roles of Thomas Jefferson and the Marquis de Lafayette.

The cast also will include Joseph Morales (as an alternate Hamilton),  Jose Ramos, Wallace Smith and Samantha Marie Ware.

No Chicago actors have been named.

Performances of the musical begin Sept. 27 at the PrivateBank Theatre, 18 W. Monroe. For ticket information, visit http://www.ticketmaster.com.

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