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'Aladdin' star James Monroe Iglehart switches to 'Hamilton'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 1/17/2017 By MARK KENNEDY, AP Entertainment Writer
FILE - In a Sunday, June 7, 2015 file photo, James Monroe Iglehart arrives at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. Iglehart, the star of “Aladdin” in Broadway, will join “Hamilton” in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson starting in mid-April 2017.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In a Sunday, June 7, 2015 file photo, James Monroe Iglehart arrives at the 69th annual Tony Awards at Radio City Music Hall, in New York. Iglehart, the star of “Aladdin” in Broadway, will join “Hamilton” in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson starting in mid-April 2017.(Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — Tony Award-winner James Monroe Iglehart is trading in his genie bottle for a place in American history onstage.

Iglehart, the star of "Aladdin" on Broadway, will join "Hamilton" in the dual roles of Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson starting in mid-April. It's the joint role Daveed Diggs won a Tony in last year.

Iglehart made his Broadway debut in "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee" and originated the role of Bobby in "Memphis" on Broadway before taking over the role of Genie in the "Aladdin" musical. Robin Williams voiced that role in the 1992 animated movie.

Major Attaway, the current Genie standby in the Broadway company, will take over for Iglehart starting Feb. 21.

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