West End newcomer Jamael Westman has gained the chance to lead the cast of the most anticipated show of the year.
The performer, who recently completed a run at Shakespeare’s Globe in The White Devil, having graduated from RADA in 2016, will mark his West End debut when he takes on the title role in Hamilton at the Victoria Palace in November.
He will be joined by Michael Jibson as King George. Jibson is best known among musical theatre fans for playing The Foreman in the film version of Les Misérables alongside Anne Hathaway.
They join the previously announced cast of Hamilton, which will re-open the Victoria Palace Theatre later this year following an extensive multi-million-pound renovation and expansion to the listed building.
The cast features Christine Allado (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Rachelle Ann Go (Eliza Hamilton), Tarinn Callender (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison), Rachel John (Angelica Schuyler), Jason Pennycooke (Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson), Cleve September (John Laurens/Philip Hamilton), Giles Terera (Aaron Burr) and Obioma Ugoala (George Washington). At certain performances, the role of Alexander Hamilton will be played by Ash Hunter.
They are joined by Jade Albertsen, Curtis Angus, Jonathan Bishop, Courtney-Mae Briggs, Jack Butterworth, Jon-Scott Clark, Kelly Downing, Leslie Garcia Bowman, Lia Given, Greg Haney, Leah Hill, Barney Hudson, Waylon Jacobs, Miriam-Teak Lee, Phoebe Liberty, Alexzandra Sarmiento, Marsha Songcome, Christopher Tendai and Lindsey Tierney. Final casting will be announced at a later date.
Hamilton is the story of America’s Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and helped shape the very foundations of the America we know today. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway – the story of America then, as told by America now.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and the 2016 Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album, Hamilton has smashed box office records on Broadway where it continues its run at The Richard Rodgers Theatre with the largest advance ever recorded in theatre history. A second US production is also playing to capacity at the PrivateBank Theatre in Chicago and a third US production opened in March at the Orpheum Theatre in San Francisco.