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Brian d'Arcy James, Renee Elise Goldsberry, Leslie Odom Jr. & More to Join Lin-Manuel Miranda in HAMILTON at The Public

The Public Theater announced a four-week extension for the world premiere musical Hamilton, with book, music, and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow and directed by Thomas Kail, Hamilton begins performances on Tuesday, January 20 and was originally scheduled to close on Sunday, February 22. The musical will now run an additional four weeks to Sunday, March 22, with an official press opening on Tuesday, February 17.

In addition to Lin-Manuel Miranda playing the role of Hamilton, the cast of includes Carleigh Bettiol (Ensemble); Ariana DeBose (Ensemble); Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson); Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler); Sydney James Harcourt (Ensemble); Sasha Hutchings (Ensemble); Christopher Jackson (George Washington); Brian d'Arcy James (King George); Thayne Jasperson (Ensemble); Stephanie Klemons (Swing); Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Phillip Hamilton); Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr); Jon Rua (Ensemble); Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton); Seth Stewart (Ensemble); Betsy Struxness (Ensemble); Ephraim Sykes (Ensemble); and Voltaire Wade-Greene (Swing).

Tickets to the first preview on Tuesday, January 20 are free and available by lottery in The Public Theater lobby and by TodayTix mobile app. Member tickets, starting at $50, and single tickets, starting at $95, are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at The Public Theater at 425 Lafayette Street. The Library at The Public is open nightly for food and drinks, beginning at 5:30 p.m., and Joe's Pub at The Public continues to offer some of the best music in the city.

From the creative team behind the Tony Award-winning In The Heights comes a wildly inventive new musical about the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wields his pen and takes the stage as the unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. 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. Tony Award nominee Thomas Kail directs this new musical about taking your shot, speaking your mind, and turning the world upside down.

HAMILTON features scenic design by David Korins; costume design by Paul Tazewell; lighting design by Howell Binkley; sound design by Nevin Steinberg; music direction and orchestrator Alex Lacamoire; and choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler.

LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA (Book, Music, and Lyrics/Alexander Hamilton) is the Tony and Grammy award-winning composer-lyricist-star of Broadway's In the Heights. In the Heights received four 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Best Orchestrations, Best Choreography), with Miranda receiving a Tony Award for Best Score, as well as a nomination for Best Leading Actor in a Musical. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt), and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of Broadway's Bring it On: The Musical (2013 Tony nom., Best Musical, 2013 Drama Desk nom., Best Lyrics in a Musical). Miranda contributed new songs to the revival of Stephen Schwartz' Working and provided Spanish translations for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story. Miranda, along with Kitt, won the 2014 Creative Arts Emmy for Best Original Music and Lyrics for their work on the 67th Annual Tony Awards. As an actor, Miranda appeared in the City Center Encores! productions of Merrily We Roll Along (Charley Kringas), and tick, tick... BOOM! (Jonathan). He is a co-founder and member of Freestyle Love Supreme, an improvisational hip-hop group that will launch a self-titled television series in October 2014 on Pivot TV. Additional TV and film credits include "The Electric Company," "Sesame Street," "The Sopranos," "House," "Modern Family," "Do No Harm," "Smash," "How I Met Your Mother," The Sex and the City Movie, The Odd Life of Timothy Green, and 200 Cartas.

THOMAS KAIL (Director). His Broadway credits include In the Heights (Tony nomination for Best Director); and two new plays, Lombardi and Magic/Bird. His Off-Broadway credits include In the Heights (Callaway Award, Drama Desk nom., Outer Critics nom.); at New York City Center Randy Newman's Faust and The Wiz; Lincoln Center Theater's Broke-ology and When I Come to Die; The Flea Theater's Family Furniture (Drama Desk Nom.); and Second Stage Uptown's The Tutors. Other credits include Williamstown Theater Festival's Broke-ology; Paper Mill Playhouse's Once on this Island; and the National Tour of In the Heights. He is the co-creator and director of the hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme, which played the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, US Comedy Arts Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival and Melbourne Comedy Festival. He served as the Creative Director of the 2012, 2013 & 2014 Webby Awards. For television he directed episodes of "2 Broke Girls"; "Oprah Winfrey's 2010 Primetime Oscar Special" for ABC; the pilot episode of "Storymakers" for AMC; and he served as Co-Music Director and consulting producer on first season of PBS show "The Electric Company". He is the Executive Producer and Co-Creator of new TV Series "Freestyle Love Supreme" for Pivot; and he is the recipient of the Martin E. Segal Award from Lincoln Center and is a graduate of Wesleyan University, CT.

CARLEIGH BETTIOL (Ensemble) has performed in Thoroughly Modern Millie, A Chorus Line, and the tour of Flashdance The Musical, In The Heights, A Chorus Line, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and the Virtuosity! Tour.

ARIANA DEBOSE (Ensemble) has performed on Broadway as the Leading Player in Pippin, Motown the Musical, and Bring It On the Musical. She appeared in Stephen Sondheim's Company with the New York Philharmonic and was a Top 20 finalist on Season 6 of "So You Think You Can Dance."

DAVEED DIGGS (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson). His theater credits include Nobody Move, Fabulation, In The Red and Brown Water, Mirrors in Every Corner, Red Light Winter, The Comedy of Errors, Troilus and Cressida, and many others. His film credits include The Industry, Rockstar, One Hot Run, Grand Café, and Infants of Spring.

RENÉE ELISE GOLDSBERRY (Angelica Schuyler) has performed in The Public Theater productions of As You Like It, Love's Labour's Lost, and Two Gentleman of Verona. She has appeared on Broadway in Good People, The Color Purple as the original Nettie, Rent, and The Lion King. Her film and television credits include Every Secret Thing, "Masters of Sex," "The Good Wife," "The Following," "Royal Pains," "One Life To Live," and "Ally McBeal."

SYDNEY JAMES HARCOURT (Ensemble) has performed on Broadway in The Lion King, American Idiot, and Bells are Ringing. Off-Broadway he has performed in Piece Of My Heart, and his additional theater credits include Rocky in The Rocky Horror Show at the Old Globe, The Wiz, West Side Story, Showboat, Camelot, and Radio City Christmas Spectacular. His television credits include "The Good Wife"; "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"; and "Person of Interest."


SASHA HUTCHINGS (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Rocky, Motown The Musical, and Memphis. Additionally she appeared on NBC's "SMASH."


CHRISTOPHER JACKSON (George Washington) has appeared on Broadway in Holler If Ya Hear Me, Bronx Bombers, After Midnight, Memphis, In the Heights, and The Lion King. His Off-Broadway credits include Bronx Bombers; The Jammer; Lonely, I'm Not; In the Heights; and Cotton Club Parade. His film and television credits include Tracers, Afterlife, "Freestyle Love Supreme" on the Pivot Network, "Person of Interest," "A Gifted Man," and "Fringe." He is the co-music supervisor and writer for "The Electric Company" and he has composed and written songs for "Sesame Street," and received six Emmy nominations and one win for his song with will.i.am, "What I Am."

BRIAN D'ARCY JAMES (King George) has appeared at The Public Theater in Giant. His Broadway credits include Next To Normal, Time Stands Still, Shrek, The Apple Tree, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, Sweet Smell of Success, Titanic, Carousel, and Blood Brothers. His additional Off-Broadway credits include Good Thief, Port Authority, The Wild Party, and many others. His film and television credits include Friends with Kids, Ghost Town, Game Change, "SMASH," "Person of Interest," and others.

THAYNE JASPERSON (Ensemble) has performed on Broadway in Matilda The Musical and Newsies The Musical. His film and television credits include High School Musical, "SMASH," "Submissions Only," and he was featured on Season 4 of "So You Think You Can Dance."


STEPHANIE KLEMONS (Swing) has appeared on Broadway in If/Then; Bring It On: The Musical; and In the Heights. She has also appeared Off-Broadway in In the Heights. She has toured nationally in Bombay Dreams and Tea with Chachaji, and appeared regionally in Fly: A Peter Pan Musical, Automatic Superstar, and Zelda: An American Musical. Her film credits include Jaaneman and Pa Rum Pum.

ANTHONY RAMOS (John Laurens, Philip Hamilton) has performed in Sideways Stories from Wayside School and in Uncle Tom's Cabin in Philadelphia, as well as in Play Pen's Mr. Wheeler's. His film credits include Smile.

LESLIE ODOM JR. (Aaron Burr) was last seen in City Center Encores' Tick Tick...Boom! this past summer alongside Lin-Manuel Miranda. He has previously appeared at The Public in Venice. Broadway credits include Leap of Faith and Rent. His select film and television credits include Red Tails; "SMASH"; "Person of Interest"; "Supernatural"; "Grey's Anatomy"; and "Law & Order: SVU."


JON RUA (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Hands on a Hardbody and In the Heights. He has appeared Off-Broadway in Kung Fu and The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity. His film and television credits include Fall to Rise and "Law & Order."

PHILLIPA SOO (Eliza Hamilton) recently appeared Off-Broadway in Natasha, Pierre, & The Great Comet of 1812 and has appeared regionally in School For Wives. Her television credits include "SMASH" and "Keep the Change."


SETH STEWART (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in In the Heights and Sweet Charity. He has also appeared Off-Broadway in In the Heights. His film and television credits include Friends with Benefits, Inside a Change, Music and Lyrics, "SMASH," and "Saturday Night Live."

BETSY STRUXNESS (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Wicked, Memphis, Leap of Faith, Scandalous, and Matilda the Musical. She has toured nationally in Wicked, All Shook Up, and Oklahoma! She has appeared on television in "Louie" and "Law & Order: SVU."

EPHRAIM SYKES (Ensemble) has appeared on Broadway in Motown the Musical, Newsies the Musical, Memphis, and The Little Mermaid. His film and television credits include Leave It on the Floor, Dance Flick, "30 Rock," "SMASH," "It Could Be Worse," and "NYC 22."

VOLTAIRE WADE-GREENE (Swing) has appeared regionally with the Charlottesville Ballet Ensemble; Circus Nexus' "Rites and Rituals" and "Sugar Plum Dreams"; Contrast Dance Theater; and the Taj Mahal New Year's Ball. He has appeared on television in "SMASH."

ABOUT THE PUBLIC THEATER AT ASTOR PLACE

Under the leadership of Artistic Director Oskar Eustis and Executive Director Patrick Willingham, The Public Theater is the only theater in New York that produces Shakespeare, the classics, musicals, contemporary and experimental pieces in equal measure. The Public continues the work of its visionary founder, Joe Papp, by acting as an advocate for the theater as an essential cultural force, and leading and framing dialogue on some of the most important issues of our day. Creating theater for one of the largest and most diverse audience bases in New York City for nearly 60 years, today the Company engages audiences in a variety of venues-including its landmark downtown home at Astor Place, which houses five theaters and Joe's Pub; the Delacorte Theater in Central Park, home to its beloved, free Shakespeare in the Park; and the Mobile Unit, which tours Shakespearean productions for underserved audiences throughout New York City's five boroughs. The Public's wide range of programming includes free Shakespeare in the Park, the bedrock of the Company's dedication to making theater accessible to all; Public Works, a new initiative that is designed to cultivate new connections and new models of engagement with artists, audiences and the community each year; new and experimental stagings at The Public at Astor Place, including Public Lab; and a range of artist and audience development initiatives including its Public Forum series, which brings together theater artists and professionals from a variety of disciplines for discussions that shed light on social issues explored in Public productions. The Public Theater is located on property owned by the City of New York and receives annual support from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs; and in October 2012 the landmark building downtown at Astor Place was revitalized to physically manifest the Company's core mission of sparking new dialogues and increasing accessibility for artists and audiences, by dramatically opening up the building to the street and community, and transforming the lobby into a public piazza for artists, students, and audiences. Key elements of the revitalization included infrastructure updates to the 158-year old building, as well as construction of new exterior entry stair and glass canopy; installation of ramps for improved accessibility; an expanded and refurbished lobby; the addition of a mezzanine level with a new restaurant lounge, The Library at The Public, designed by the Rockwell Group. The LuEsther T. Mertz Charitable Trust provides leadership support for The Public Theater's year-round activities. www.publictheater.org

HAMILTON begins performances on Tuesday, January 20 in The Public's Newman Theater and was originally scheduled to run through Sunday, February 22. It will now run four additional weeks through March 22 with an official press opening on Tuesday, February 17. Member tickets, starting at $50, and single tickets, starting at $95, are available now by calling (212) 967-7555, www.publictheater.org, or in person at the Taub Box Office at <a href=" height="274" src="cid:image006.png@01CFDE49.44986290" width="1616" />

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