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The Verdict Read Critics' Original Reviews for Hamilton on Broadway The Broadway transfer of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical opened August 6, 2015, at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton Joan Marcus

Before Hamilton premieres on Disney+ July 3, you may be curious to know what critics thought of the Lin-Manuel Miranda musical when it first opened at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in 2015. Take a look at the original reviews for the musical below, and watch highlights from the show above! (And for true fans, check out the Off-Broadway reviews here.)

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The Wrap


The musical reunited the award-winning In the Heights team. Tony nominee Thomas Kail is at the helm, with choreography from Tony Award winner Andy Blankenbuehler, and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Miranda, who wrote the show's book, music and lyrics, staredin the title role.

In addition to Miranda, the company included Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) as King George, Phillipa Soo (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson (In the Heights) as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry (The Color Purple) as Angelica Schuyler, Daveed Diggs (In the Red and Brown Water) as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Anthony Ramos (Sideways Stories from Wayside School) as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate, and Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.

Also featured were Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana Debose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.

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