Former Saturday Night Live mainstay Taran Killam is well known for his comedic skits and impressions, but it looks like he may be going on a career shift as he takes on a more serious turn for his latest role. Killam is set to play a featured role in the historical musical, Hamilton! This will be his first acting gig on Broadway. Killam will be making his debut on January 14, 2017.
Killam will be playing the part of King George III, who was the sovereign of Great Britain and its vast colonial empire during the American War of Independence. The part is pretty significant, despite the fact that the King was an ocean away from the fighting. Aside from being the head of the colonial government, the protagonists are trying to overthrow. George III represents the "old ways". His first song, "You'll Be Back", is one of the few traditional numbers in the musical, sung by its only main white character. George III's character believes that the colonists' revolution is nothing more than a phase and that they will in the end come crawling back to Britain and the status quo.
Killam will be stepping into some big shoes for his first part in the great white way. Tony Award nominee Jonathan Groff played King George III when Hamilton opened in Broadway. Groff also provided the vocals for its Grammy-winning cast recording album. The part was, then, taken over by Rory O'Malley. Like Groff, O'Malley is also a Tony nominee.
Aside from Killam, there are several notable changes in the line-up of actors who portray main characters in Hamilton. Over the following months, Alysha Deslorieux (as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), Bryan Terrel Clark (as George Washington), J. Quinton Johnson (Hercules Mulligan/James Madison) and Anthony Lee Medina (as John Laurens/Philip Hamilton) are set to take over for departing actors.
Break a leg everyone, and hopefully you do justice to your parts! We can't wait to see!