October 24, 2016: Hamilton’s New Stars: Javier Muñoz & Lexi Lawson

October 24, 2016 at 6:29 pm

After 11 Tony awards, a Pulitzer Prize, and sold out shows until summer of 2017, it’s no doubt: Hamilton is Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s biggest Broadway hit to date. In July, Miranda stepped away from the show and his role as the title character, Alexander Hamilton. The torch passed on to his alternate, Javier Muñoz, who has been stepping in as Hamilton since the show’s theatrical debut in 2015. Soon after Lin-Manuel announced his departure, others in the original cast stepped down from their roles, including Phillipa Soo, the Tony-nominated actress who played Elizabeth Schuyler, a role that’s since been taken over by Lexi Lawson. Both actors are no stranger to working in the vein of hip-hop musicals, as both have held roles in In the Heights at one point or another. Tonight, we sit down with both Javier and Lexi to discuss what it’s like to take over leading roles in what is being called a benchmark in Broadway history.

For more information on the Broadway musical, Hamilton, click here.

And to get an in-depth look at the making of the musical megahit, check out PBS’ Great Performances documentary, Hamilton’s America.

Mutual of America PSEG

Funders

MetroFocus is made possible by James and Merryl Tisch, Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III, the Sylvia A. and Simon B. Poyta Programming Endowment to Fight Anti-Semitism, Bernard and Irene Schwartz, Rosalind P. Walter, Barbara Hope Zuckerberg, Jody and John Arnhold, the Cheryl and Philip Milstein Family, Janet Prindle Seidler, Judy and Josh Weston and the Dr. Robert C. and Tina Sohn Foundation.

WNET

© WNET All Rights Reserved.

825 Eighth Avenue

New York, NY 10019