Future Celebrity Replacements for Hamilton

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I absolutely love the current cast of Hamilton, and I'd hate to see them leave. However, when the time comes and the original Broadway cast is no longer, which current R&B/Hip Hop stars do you think would do well in the show (assuming they'd want to)?

I've been thinking of --

 

Alicia Keys - Angelica/Eliza.

 

John Legend - Aaron Burr.

 

Leona Lewis - Angelica.

 

Jordan Sparks - Angelica/Eliza.

 

I think Aaliyah also would have been a great Peggy/Maria in her heyday.

 

 

 

Updated On: 9/30/15 at 07:27 PM
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Donald Glover for Hamilton/Burr/Lafayette+Jefferson

 

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I second Alicia and Jordan for the show, also what about Ciara Renee reprising her Peggy from the workshops, she isn't a celeb but she is definitely a name on the boards now!

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Brandy.  She was excellent in Chicago and seemed to really enjoy the Broadway experience but discussed not being able to go "full Brandy" in a part like Roxie.  I think she'd be a perfect Angelica.

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Donald Glover for Hamilton is brilliant. The biggest cult figure in alternative hip hop starring in the first genuinely hot hip-hop musical by his fellow cult TV regular?

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There are so many great people who could step into the role of King George as a sort of cameo.

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Iggy Azalea as the first gender-switch AND race-switch for Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson. Just imagine her rapping to "Guns and Ships".

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I want to see Chris Rock in it, but I'd have to see it again to figure out which part...

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Common as George Washington

 

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Posted: 9/30/15 at 9:31pm

^ Dang, I was just about to say Common for Washington. I believe Lin wrote the role with him as inspiration.

 

I have zero expectations this man could do 8 shows a week, but Hercules/Madison was inspired by Busta Rhymes' delivery and I would kill to hear his take.

 

Donald Glover, André 3000 and Saul Williams are the top three hip-hop artists I could most believably see being cast.

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Posted: 9/30/15 at 9:47pm

By the time HAMILTON a will need celebrities to keep the show open, the year will be 2110 and all those artists will be in their graves.

"The Spectacle has, indeed, an emotional attraction of its own, but, of all the parts, it is the least artistic, and connected least with the art of poetry. For the power of Tragedy, we may be sure, is felt even apart from representation and actors. Besides, the production of spectacular effects depends more on the art of the stage machinist than on that of the poet."
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Posted: 9/30/15 at 9:50pm

I'd rather peel dried glue off my toes than see Iggy Azalea in any Broadway show. Hah. Sorry. 

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Posted: 9/30/15 at 10:21pm

Lauryn Hill - Angelica 


You need someone who will be both solid with singing and rapping and who better than one of the greatest singer/rapper of our time? It's almost too perfect.


I would also accept Mary J Blige or Eryakah Badu


 


Andre 3000 - Lafayette/Jefferson 


I think Lin has mention he molded Jefferson style a bit after Andre (?) and from the first moment I saw Daveed perform "What Did I Miss" I immediately thought of him. His swagger is a perfect fit for Jefferson.


 


Frank Ocean - Aaron Burr


Cause his new album is never coming out so he has some free time on his hands


 


I also second Common for Washington and Brandy who I think would make a good Eliza. Monica or Toni Braxton would also be a good fit as well.


 


These are ridiculous/never ever will happen choices but for my casting for Hamilton, I went with rappers who can kinda sing - Drake (With Meek Mill as Jefferson Future Celebrity Replacements for Hamilton ), J Cole, Donald Glover,  Chamillionaire 

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Posted: 9/30/15 at 10:23pm

CapnHook said: "By the time HAMILTON a will need celebrities to keep the show open, the year will be 2110 and all those artists will be in their graves.

 

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They will be holograms with Tupac as Hamilton 

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Future Celebrity Replacements for Hamilton#15
Posted: 9/30/15 at 11:18pm

Keke Palmer-Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds

Danna Paola-Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds

Beverley Knight-Angelica Schuyler

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Posted: 9/30/15 at 11:27pm

This will have to wait a few years until we know if he can sing or not, but id like to see Prince George step into the role of King George.

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 12:32am

GreasedLightning said: "I'd rather peel dried glue off my toes than see Iggy Azalea in any Broadway show. Hah. Sorry. "


She wouldn't be cast anyways, unless they were to genderbend King George. (Which at that point would kind of defeat the purpose of casting Azalea.)

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:31am

Could you get big names for if/when Hamilton becomes a movie musical?

Imagine the box office numbers if you had a cast including Alicia Keys, Beyoncé, Common, Donald Glover, Frank Ocean all under one movie. You could even get JAY-Z and Kanye as two of the smaller revolutionaries. It'd be hip hop history.

 

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 5:59am

But WHY? The stars of the show are the words and the story.  It doesn't NEED huge names, and I daresay, it would likely detract from the very story it celebrates! When it becomes about the performer(s) you lose something special.  

 

Also, most of the names you suggest likely wouldn't be willing to commit the amount of time, or to reasonable salaries that would be necessary.

 

And then, of course, can those people act?  Dance?  Once again, it's not just about singing.

 

 

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:06pm

Mos Def for Aaron Burr, and not just because Lin wrote that in the casting description. I'm all about Donald Glover as either Jefferson/Lafayette or even Mulligan/Madison. An older Chance the Rapper could also make a good Aaron Burr or Jefferson/Lafayette. Mibbs for Mulligan/Madison or Aaron Burr.

Nicki Minaj is an excellent fit for the bars she'd have to spit in Satisfied, but I'm not sure she entirely fits the role of Anjelica. Either way, hearing her singing Satisfied on its own would be great.

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Future Celebrity Replacements for Hamilton#21
Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:33pm

Eminem as Hamilton

Adam Levine or Jamie Fox as Burr

Taye Diggs as Washington

Russell Brand as Jefferson

Morrissey as King George

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:34pm

DRAKE FOR HAMILTON PLEASE
He would be perfect.

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:38pm

I don't really like the idea of Celebrity replacements for this show. I think it's important that actual working music theatre actors are finding work in this show. But if I had to pick a "celebrity" I'd wanted Anika Noni Rose as Angelica. I believe she played her in a workshop.   I bet her Statisfied is thrilling. I do love Renee though in the role now. 

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 1:43pm

We still don't have a Heights movie and this is a harder sell, but can they please just go ahead and make the movie now? I don't know who could play Alex and Aaron, they have to be able to rap, sing, and act circles around each other. The other roles would be kinda easy.

 

Angelica Schuyler – Janelle Monáe, Anika Noni Rose

Eliza Schuyler – Ariana Grande

George Washington – John Legend

Marquis de Lafayette – Danny Brown, Donald Glover/Childish Gambino

John Laurens – Bruno Mars

Thomas Jefferson – André 3000

Hercules Mulligan – Kendrick Lamar

James Madison – Common

King George III – Zac Efron, Justin Beiber

Maria Reynolds – Rihanna

James Reynolds – Kanye West

Philip Hamilton – idk, Kimye's new son or some sht

You're reminding me of people you hear at the movies asking questions every ten seconds, "Who is that? Why is that guy walking down the street? Who's that lady coming up to him? Uh-oh, why did that car go by? Why is it so dark in this theater?" - FindingNamo on strummergirl

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Posted: 10/1/15 at 2:35pm

Friendly reminder that casting for the show specifically calls for non-white actors in most of the roles, so even if they were to go for celebrities, we wouldn't be seeing Eminem or Iggy Azalea joining the cast.

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