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HAMILTON's Javier Munoz Nabs 'Sexy' New York Times Review

HAMILTON's Javier Munoz Nabs 'Sexy' New York Times Review

Having landed the coveted job as Lin-Manuel Miranda's alternate in the title role of Broadway's HAMILTON once a week, Javier Muñoz is bringing his own -- apparently sexier -- interpretation to the part. The New York Times just re-reviewed the hit musical with commentary on Muñoz's performance.

The Times' critic Ben Brantley writes: "It's not that the founding father and title character of the megahit musical 'Hamilton,' at the Richard Rodgers Theater, is unsexy on the other days of the week. But in all Sunday matinees, he is portrayed by Javier Muñoz, with a penetrating stare and a Don Juan smile..."

Brantley continues, "Mr. Muñoz seems less instinctively at ease in his 18th-century breeches than Mr. Miranda is. But that slight discomfort feeds the notion of a self-described 'young, scrappy and hungry' immigrant determined to play a leading role in the shaping of a nation. Mr. Muñoz's Hamilton palpably tries harder than Mr. Miranda's does -- except when he's courting the ladies. Then he's a natural, and when other characters describe him as a tomcat, you know exactly what they mean."

The critic adds: "The cutting carnal edge of Mr. Muñoz's performance may slightly alter the production's chemistry, especially between Hamilton and Angelica Schuyler, his intellectual equal and sister-in-law, played with seductive assurance by the smashing Renée Elise Goldsberry. And it takes a little longer to warm to Mr. Muñoz's more aggressive and angular Hamilton, who wields his ambition like a sword. But this interpretation does not upset the balance of a revolutionary show about a revolutionary era that seems better every time I see it."

Read the full review here.

The new musical Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composerLin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton."

The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington),Jonathan Groff (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr),Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, Philip Hamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).

HAMILTON is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers and shot to death by Aaron Burr in their legendary duel.

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