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Random Facts You May Not Know About the Cast of 'Hamilton'

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | July 13, 2020 |

By Dustin Rowles | Celebrity | July 13, 2020 |


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— Lin Manuel wrote a rap for John Adams that was cut for Hamilton. It is amazing.

Also, Miranda’s wife Vanessa Nadal went to MIT and got a degree in chemical engineering before switching it up and getting a law degree from Fordham. She’s worked for both Johnson & Johnson and for BigLaw firm Jones Day.

— In 2017, Daveed Diggs recurred as the brother of Mr. Noodle on Sesame Street.

— The first time I saw Renée Elise Goldsberry on The Good Wife, where she had a long-running recurring role, I swear to you I thought she looked like a fairly prominent back-up singer on Ally McBeal (I was obsessed with Ally McBeal back in the day). I thought the same thing again when I saw her in Hamilton, but I thought there was no way that is possible because Ally McBeal is 23 years old, and Renée Elise Goldsberry would have been maybe 10 or 15 years old then, tops. Renée Elise Goldsberry will be 50 in six months. FIFTY. That WAS her in Ally McBeal. That is some insane Paul Rudd magic.

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— This is not exactly about Jonathan Groff, who we all know from Glee, Looking, and Mindhunter and I — and I alone — know from Kelsey Grammar’s spectacular Starz series, Boss, but Groff replaced Brian d’Arcy James — who we know from Spotlight, among a ton of other projects — as King George when it was still Off-Broadway. Groff, of course, would continue on in the role on Broadway. Poor Brian d’Arcy James, who will have to console himself with his two other Tony nominations.

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— Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in Hamilton, also played Chief Tui in Moana, and is now a series regular on CBS’s Bull. He also wrote this song, performed by Will.i.am on Sesame Street, for which he won a Daytime Emmy (Jackson was the music director on Electric Company in 2009, and a composer on Sesame Street from 2010 to 2014).

— Jasmine Cephas Jones, who plays Peggy and Maria Reynolds in Hamilton, is the daughter of Ron Cephas Jones. She’s also engaged to Anthony Ramos, who played John Laurens and Philip Hamilton in the OG cast of Hamilton.

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— Speaking of Anthony Ramos, I didn’t realize until just this moment that he was Ramon, Gaga’s friend in A Star is Born.

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— In 2013, one of Katherine Heigl’s many attempted comebacks, the NBC TV series, State of Affairs, cast Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr). Odom Jr., however, wisely turned down the network television drama to play Burr on the workshops for Hamilton. He was replaced by Adam Kaufman (Buffy). Leslie Odom Jr. is now Leslie Odom Jr., while Adam Kaufman is …

— Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison) is a series regular on Station 19, which is apparently a spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy.
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— I’ve relearned that Phillipa Soo is married to Steven Pasquale about five times now. It surprises me every time.
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But here’s where it gets really interesting: Phillipa Soo is married to Steven Pasquale who used to be married to Laura Benanti who used to be married to Chris Barron, the lead singer of the Spin Doctors, which means that Eliza Schuyler is kissing cousins with the lead singer of The Spin Doctors. Boom: 🤯.


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