NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — Former “Saturday Night Live” star Taran Killam will be getting plenty of live performances next year — he’s joining the Broadway company of “Hamilton.”
Killam, who portrayed Brad Pitt and Jebidiah Atkinson during his six years on “SNL,” will play King George III and take over for Rory O’Malley on Jan. 17. Killam recently finished shooting his directorial film debut, “Why We’re Killing Gunther,” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Killam will join other new cast members Bryan Terrell Clark as George Washington on Jan. 10, Alysha Deslorieux as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds on Dec. 16 and J. Quinton Johnson as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison on Jan. 6.
Currently, Javier Munoz stars as Alexander Hamilton, Brandon Victor Dixon plays Aaron Burr, Mandy Gonzalez is Angelica Schuyler and Lexi Lawson plays Eliza Hamilton.
“Hamilton” has burst through the Broadway bubble like few shows. It has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation’s currency and become a cultural phenomenon. It also won 11 Tony Awards, including best new musical, best book and best score.
(TM and © Copyright 2016 CBS Radio Inc. and its relevant subsidiaries. CBS RADIO and EYE Logo TM and Copyright 2016 CBS Broadcasting Inc. Used under license. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The Associated Press contributed to this report.)