CHICAGO -- Local theater-goers, rejoice! The Chicago cast for "Hamilton" was announced Wednesday.
Karen Olivo, who won the Tony Award for her portrayal of Anita in the 2009 Broadway revival of "West Side Story" will be playing the role of Angelica Schuyler. Broadway veterans Miguel Cervantes and Alexander Gemignani will be playing Alexander Hamilton and King George III, respectively.
Other principal roles in "Hamilton" in Chicago will be played by a talented young company comprised of Ari Afsar as Eliza Hamilton; Chris Lee as Marquis de Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson; Joseph Morales as Cervantes’ alternate; Jose Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton; Wallace Smith as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison, and Samantha Marie Ware as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds.
Ari Afsar is a former "American Idol" contestant and placed in the top 10 finalists as Miss California in the 2010 Miss America Pageant. A native of San Diego, she attended UCLA.
Performances begin September 27 at The privatebank Theatre in Chicago (18 W. Monroe). For more information, visitwww.broadwayinchicago.com.