December 2, 2016


So What Are the Stars of 'Hamilton' Doing Next?

Theo Wargo/WireImage
Theo Wargo/WireImage

For Fuse's 2016 Breakout Week, we've spent each day commemorating one undeniable act that shook things up in the mainstream this year. Today we're honoring the cast of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Hamilton, the 11-time Tony Award–winning Broadway show that fuses showtunes with hip-hop, R&B and pop to tell the story of America's least-remembered Founding Father (until the last 18 months or so), embodied by a cast nearly entirely comprised of people of color.

The show's impact has been massive, and its six original principal cast members have all left the show for future projects. Here's what they're up to.

Role: Angelica Schuyler
Last Hamilton performance: Sept. 3, 2016

In July, in the span of less than two weeks, the Tony winner for Best Featured Actress in a Musical signed on for a Netflix's sci-fi drama Altered Carbon. The 10-episode affair co-stars Joel Kinnaman (RoboCop, The Killing). It's set in the 25th century and looks, per The Hollywood Report, at "what happens when the human mind becomes digitized and the soul is transferable from one body to another." Goldsberry will play Quellcrist Falconer, "a revolutionary and leader of the rebellion against the Protectorate"; the character is also in a relationship with Kinnaman's Takeshi Kovacs.

She's doing Oprah and HBO's movie The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, too. It's an adaptation of a nonfiction book about, Amazon says, "a poor black tobacco farmer whose cells—taken without her knowledge in 1951—became one of the most important tools in medicine, vital for developing the polio vaccine, cloning, gene mapping, and more." Goldsberry will play Lacks; Oprah will play her daughter, the point-of-view character. Writing and directing is a fellow Broadway vet, George C. Wolfe.

You can catch Goldsberry in a 2017 episode of Netflix and Baz Luhrmann's The Get Down, which also features...

Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson
Last Hamilton performance: July 15, 2016

The Tony winner for Best Featured Actor in a Musical is the narrator for Netflix's The Get Down, although only visually. His rap narration is actually dubbed with bars from Nas. The first six episodes premiered in August; the second half of Season 1 comes next year.

Diggs has also appeared on a few episodes of Blackish Season 3 this fall and has booked the movie Wonder (by The Perks of Being a Wallflower author/screenwriter/director Stephen Chbosky) and the HBO sports mockumentary Tour de Pharmacy, by Andy Samberg and Murray miller.

Diggs is a rapper, remember, and in July dropped Soft Rules with True Neutral Crew, followed by the Splendor & Misery album with his experimental Sub Pop hip-hop group clipping. They also did an EP in June, Wriggle.

Aaron Burr, sir
Last Hamilton performance: July 9, 2016

After winning the Tony for Best Actor in a Musical for his starring role as Aaron Burr, the Queens, New York–born Odom Jr. went on to release a re-recorded version of his 2014 self-titled debut album in June, made of 10 covers and showtunes. It hit No. 1 on Billboard's Jazz Albums chart and has spent 19 total weeks there, currently hanging tight at No. 11.

In November he dropped Simply Christmas (which we can vouch is uh-maze-ing). It hit No. 31 on the Billboard 200 and No. 1 on the Jazz Albums chart.

Elizabeth Schuyler
Last Hamilton performance: July 9, 2016

Amélie Broadway on YouTube
Amélie Broadway on YouTube

Soo, who played Alexander Hamilton's wife, Eliza, will star in a stage musical based on the vibrant French film Amélie, from 2001. The show's gotten a start in Berkeley and L.A., but the Soo-starring Broadway edition opens for previews on March 9, 2017, and for real on April 3.

George Washington
Last Hamilton performance: Nov. 13, 2016

The Tony nominee who also did Lin-Manuel Miranda's In the Heights is a primary cast member on CBS's Michael Weatherly–starring dram-com Bull, which premiered on Sept. 20 and got picked up for a 22-episode full season. He also voiced the singing parts for the Moana character Chief Tui Waialiki.

Alexander Hamilton
Last Hamilton performance: July 9, 2016

Daniel Boczarski/WireImage
Daniel Boczarski/WireImage

The show's creator/songwriter/writer-writer/original star, a winner of three Tonys, two Grammys, a MacArthur Genius grant and a Pulitzer prize, is so busy. 

For Disney, he co-wrote songs for Moana, did a little singing, and played a big role in its press rollout. He's starring in the studio's Mary Poppins Returns, a 20-years-later sequel with Emily Blunt in the title role. Then he'll work with Alan Menken on a live-action Little Mermaid in a capacity that's still not totally defined. AND he's working with Zootopia co-director Byron Howard on a secretive, original animated Diz flick.

There's more: since leaving the Hamilton stage, he's been on HBO's Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, Hulu's Difficult People, Comedy Central's Drunk History and Inside Amy Schumer, and he hosted Saturday Night Live. He'll cameo in the movie Speech & Debate, starring fellow Tony winners Roger Bart and Kristin Chenoweth. And the latest news, from just days ago, is that he'll produce and write music for a movie-and-TV-both adaptation of the Kingkiller Chronicle novel trilogy.

Next, watch Fuse's Future Hispanic History Month tribute to Lin-Manuel Miranda: