UT theater alum joins ‘Hamilton’ cast in Broadway debut

J. Quinton Johnson, a former student in the University of Texas’ Department of Theatre and Dance, has been cast in the role of Hercules Mulligan/James Madison in the Broadway production of the Tony Award-winning smash hit “Hamilton,” Playbill announced today.

Johnson debuts Jan. 6, following the departure of original cast member Okieriete Onaodowan.

Johnson attended UT from 2012 to 2015. He starred in UT’s 2014 production of  “In the Heights,” also by “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. Among his roles at Zach Theatre, Johnson appeared as Stokely Carmichael in “All the Way.”

Johnson had his breakout film role in Richard Linklater’s ensemble comedy “Everybody Wants Some,” and the actor currently is working with Linklater once again for Amazon’s “Last Flag Flying” with Bryan Cranston, Steve Carell and Laurence Fishburne.

This past year Johnson completed work in the upcoming musical re-imagining of the 1987 film “Dirty Dancing,” and he was cast alongside Pierce Brosnan in AMC’s “The Son,” an adaptation of the epic Texas-centered novel by UT’s Michener Center alumnus Philipp Meyer.

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Author: Jeanne Claire van Ryzin

Jeanne Claire van Ryzin is the arts critic for the Austin American-Statesman. She writes about visual art, theater, dance, music, performance, public art, architecture and just about any combination thereof.

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