PHOTOS: Broadway's "Hamilton" Begins Preview Performance; Cast Includes 'One Life to Live' Alums Jonathan Groff, Renée Elise Goldsberry

Renée Elise Goldsberry - Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
On July 13, more than 700 theatre fans showed up on 46th Street to play the ticket lottery for "Hamilton," Lin-Manuel Miranda's new musical that began preview performances that day and is already taking Broadway by storm.

Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, "Hamilton" is inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington's right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America's fiery past.

Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast also includes Jonathan Groff (Patrick, Looking; ex-Jesse, Glee; ex-Henry, One Life to Live) as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. (ex-Sam, Smash) as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry (Geneva, The Good Wife; ex-Evangeline, One Life to Live) as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate.

Before the lottery drawing, Miranda addressed the crowd, saying, "Thanks to you, we're probably going to be here a while, so don't be disappointed if you don't win today. I love you very much. Yay, Hamlet! Thank you!"

Check out more photos from the first day of previews below:

Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Thayne Jasperson - Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Renée Elise Goldsberry poses with a fan. - Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos
Photo Credit: Sue Coflin/Max Photos

The company will additionally feature Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.

"Hamilton" officially opens on August 6 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. For more information or to buy tickets, visit

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