Two-time Tony Award-nominated performer Brandon Victor Dixon will succeed Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr in the much-honored Broadway hit “Hamilton,” the musical’s producers announced Wednesday.
According to The Broadway League’s internet Broadway Database, Dixon will take over the role on Aug. 6.
Dixon earned a 2016 Tony Award nomination for best performance by an actor in a featured role in a musical, for “Shuffle Along,” and a 2006 nomination for best featured actor in a musical, for “The Color Purple.” As a producer, he won a 2014 Tony for best revival of a musical, for his company Raise the Roof’s “Hedwig and the Angry Inch.”
Two others are joining the cast: Lexi Lawson, who played Vanessa in the first national tour of “In the Heights,” also written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Broadway newcomer Michael Luwoye, the lead in Second Stage Theatre’s recent Off-Broadway musical “Invisible Thread.”
Lawson, who succeeds Tony-nominee Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, and Luwoye, who will alternate with incoming new lead Javier Muñoz as Alexander Hamilton, each begin on July 11. Muñoz, the original alternate in the role, was previously announced to succeed Miranda in the role that same day.