Phillipa Soo left the Broadway Production of Hamilton not too long ago, and soon Renée Elise Goldsberry will do the same. Where are they going now?
Over the past year, Lin Manuel Miranda’s smash-hit Broadway production Hamilton has taken over pretty much the world. However, in the last few months, the original cast has begun to cut off and move on to different projects. Miranda himself will be playing in the production of Hamilton in London’s West End in 2017, but Phillipa Soo (who played Hamilton’s wife Elizabeth Schuyler, affectionately known as ‘Eliza’) has left the production altogether, and co-star Renée Elise Goldsberry (who played Eliza’s sister, Angelica Schuyler) will follow close behind.
For Soo, Hamilton was her Broadway debut. She actually had two different roles in Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812, but the show remained Off-Broadway and will be coming onto Broadway in November of 2016 with a different lead actress, Denee Benton.
Even though Soo didn’t wind up being in the Broadway production of Great Comet, director Thomas Kail and Miranda asked Soo to read for Hamilton in early 2014 after seeing her in Great Comet and she remained with the show throughout its Off-Broadway production and then was there for its Broadway debut, and stayed until July 9th, where she left the original cast alongside co-stars Miranda, and Leslie Odom Jr.
Now, Soo has moved onto another Broadway production, that of Amélie. She will be playing the title character in this Broadway show that is based on the 2001 romantic comedy of the same name. Amélie will open sometime in 2017 on Broadway, and actually, the production will open in Los Angeles in December of 2016.
Unlike Soo, Goldsberry had been in a few Broadway productions before starring in Hamilton. Her Broadway credits include playing Nala in Disney’s Broadway production of The Lion King, playing Nettie in the original cast of The Color Purple in 2005, playing as Mimi Marquez in Rent and a few more roles in other theater performances. Of course, her latest Broadway performance was that of Angelica Schuyler in Hamilton, but she will be leaving the production in the fall.
Goldsberry will be not moving onto another Broadway production like Soo will be, however. Instead, Goldsberry is going to star in a new sci-fi Netflix series entitled: Altered Carbon based on the novel of the same name by Richard K. Morgan. She will be playing the character of Quellcrist Falconer. The Netflix show is going to have ten episodes in its first season, and then Netflix will see how it does from thereon in.