Fans of sketch comedy and musical theater have a new reason to rejoice. Wayne Brady, the comedian and actor perhaps best known for his appearances on Whose Line Is It Anyway, is heading to Hamilton. Brady is going to take on the part of Aaron Burr in the musical’s ongoing Chicago production.
Hamilton, the rap musical about the famous founding father, has been the hottest ticket on Broadway ever since its first curtain call. It was created by Broadway star Lin Manuel Miranda, and it swept the 20016 Tony Awards in June, taking home 11 trophies.
The show’s popularity has been so overwhelming that it launched a concurrent Chicago production, which opened on October 19, 2016. The production, which is being performed at Chicago’s PrivateBank Theatre, has been a smash hit for the city’s theater community. The production received rave reviews from critics, and tickets are currently sold out through March.
Brady is going to assume the role of Burr on January 17 and will bow out of the production on April 9. He is replacing actor Joshua Henry. The part of Burr was originated on Broadway by Leslie Odom Jr. He won a Tony for his portrayal of Alexander Hamilton’s careful, ambitious, and eventually murderous nemesis. The part is famously demanding, requiring actors to sing, rap, and dance. As Burr, Brady will get to show off his impressive pipes on songs like “Dear Theosdosia,” “The Room Where It Happens,” and “Wait for It.”
This isn’t Wayne Brady’s first time on stage. The actor has several Broadway credits to his name, including a run as the lecherous lawyer Billy Flynn in Chicago. He most recently appeared in Kinky Boots, where he played the role of Lola. Brady’s star turn in the Chicago production of Hamilton will surely be one to remember.