NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — An actor who stepped in for Lin-Manuel Miranda in two shows on Broadway — including playing the lead role in “Hamilton” once a week — has been fighting cancer.
Javier Munoz, who portrays Alexander Hamilton on Sunday matinees and performed the role for President Barack Obama last year, returned to the show three months ago after surgery and radiation, thanking the cast and his family.
“Going strong but you can believe the cast helped me get back on my feet!” he tweeted Friday. “My folks set the example. Got thru this w/ them.”
“The worst and hardest its behind me,” Munoz said in a later tweet.
He told the New York Post he was diagnosed with an undisclosed cancer in October. Munoz left the show in November of 2015 to undergo surgery and spent two months in recovery, according to the Post.
Munoz, 40, who will be playing Hamilton over the weekend, replaced Miranda as Usnavi in his musical ‘In the Heights.’
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