|Alma mater||University of Alabama|
Early life and educationEdit
Michael Luwoye was born in Huntsville, Alabama, the youngest of four children born to immigrants from Nigeria who settled in Alabama in the 1980s. His mother was an engineer, and his father became the owner of a wholesale ice cream distribution business.
He became interested in theatre during his junior year at the University of Alabama. While in college, he played Queequeg in Moby Dick, the title role in Othello, Hud in Hair, and Joe in Show Boat.
Luwoye received his B.A. from the University of Alabama in 2013, and moved to New York in September that year.
Regional and off-BroadwayEdit
In regional theatre, Luwoye has performed in Cardboard Piano (Actors Theatre of Louisville, 2016), Marley (Center Stage, 2015), Witness Uganda (American Repertory Theater, 2014), Tick, Tick... Boom! (American Theater Group), and The Three Musketeers and Once on This Island (Flat Rock Playhouse).
Luwoye's off-Broadway stage debut was in the Second Stage Theater production of Invisible Thread, for which he received a 2016 Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Musical.
In 2016, Luwoye auditioned for the role of Hercules Mulligan in the Broadway production of Hamilton, but unexpectedly was offered the title role. He began rehearsals June 14, 2016, and took over on August 2, 2016 as the alternate to Javier Muñoz for the role of Alexander Hamilton, following Lin-Manuel Miranda's departure from the show. Luwoye became the first black actor to take on the role of Hamilton.
He was also the understudy for the role of Aaron Burr, which he first performed two months later, on October 4, 2016. On November 16, 2016, Luwoye notably played Hamilton at a matinee and Burr in the evening on the same day.
Luwoye was given the title role in Hamilton's national touring company, beginning in March 2017 with a 21-week engagement in San Francisco, followed by 21 weeks in Los Angeles, concluding at the Pantages Theatre on December 30, 2017.
In November 2017, Luwoye appeared in an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm called "The Shucker", in which he was shown playing the role of Alexander Hamilton in Hamilton. Additionally, he played Hades in an episode of The Magicians on SYFY.
In September 2018, he was signed for a guest voice role in the third season of Disney Junior's animated series The Lion Guard as Askari, the founder and original leader of the Lion Guard in ancient times.
In 2019, he was cast in a supporting role on NBC's Bluff City Law.
|2011||Big River||Jim||Marian Gallaway Theatre||April 2011||Regional|
|Once on This Island||Flat Rock Playhouse||June 2011||Regional|
|Hairspray||Flat Rock Playhouse||July 20 – August 14, 2011||Regional|
|City of Angels||Stone||Allen Bales Theatre||November 7–13, 2011||Regional|
|2012||Side Man||Jonesy||Marian Gallaway Theatre||October 15–21, 2012||Regional|
|Guys and Dolls||Flat Rock Playhouse||July 25 – August 19, 2012||Regional|
|2013||Othello||Othello||Marian Gallaway Theatre||February 2013||Regional|
|Jubilee: Songs of and About Alabama||Ensemble||George C. Meyer Performing Arts Center||June 2013||Regional|
|The Three Musketeers||Flat Rock Playhouse||November 2013||Regional|
|2014||Empty House||Sebastian||New York International Fringe Festival||August 9–24, 2014||Regional|
|Fable||Richie||New York Musical Theatre Festival||July 22–27, 2014||Regional|
|Witness Uganda||Jacob||American Repertory Theater||February 4, 2014 – March 16, 2014||Regional|
|2015||Marley||Peter Tosh||Center Stage||May 6 – June 14, 2015||Regional|
|Tick, Tick... Boom!||Michael||Union County Performing Arts Center||January 28 – February 8, 2015||Regional|
|Invisible Thread||Jacob||Second Stage Theater||October 21 – December 27, 2015||Off-Broadway|
|2016||Cardboard Piano||Soldier / Paul||Victor Joy Theatre||March 25 – April 10, 2016||Regional|
|Hamilton||Alexander Hamilton (alt.) /
Aaron Burr (understudy)
|Richard Rodgers Theatre||August 2, 2016 – February 14, 2017||Broadway|
|2017||Alexander Hamilton||Orpheum Theatre||March 23 – August 5, 2017||National Tour|
|Pantages Theatre||August 11 – December 30, 2017|
|2018||Richard Rodgers Theatre||January 16, 2018–February 16, 2019||Broadway|
- Sullivan, Lindsey (January 19, 2018). "Hamilton's Michael Luwoye on His Geeky Obsession & How New York Made Him a New Man". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 2018-01-19.
- "Fresh Face: Michael Luwoye of HAMILTON". Broadway.com. January 19, 2018. Retrieved July 16, 2020.
- Luwoye, Michael (December 19, 2017). "26th year came to a close last night. 27th year begins today". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-01-29.
- Gelt, Jessica (December 7, 2017). "Michael Luwoye: Once a theater outsider, now he's Alexander Hamilton — in L.A., and soon on Broadway". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2018-01-22.
- Wild, Stephanie (December 8, 2017). "He Didn't Throw Away His Shot! Take a Look Back on Michael Luwoye's Journey With HAMILTON". Broadway World. Archived from the original on 2018-01-24.
- Gans, Andrew (December 13, 2017). "Michael Luwoye Sets Start Date as Hamilton's New Title Player on Broadway". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-01-14.
- Lefkowitz, Andy (January 16, 2018). "The Story of Tonight! Michael Luwoye Is Hamilton's New Leading Man". Broadway.com. Archived from the original on 2018-01-24.
- Clement, Olivia (October 2016). "He Auditioned for Mulligan and Was Cast as Hamilton". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-01-14.
- Hetrick, Adam (October 7, 2016). "Actor Makes Broadway History as First to Play Hamilton and Burr". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2017-07-17.
- Kennedy, Mark (March 26, 2017). "Meet the actor who won the lead in the Hamilton U.S. tour". Seattle Times. Archived from the original on 2017-04-15.
- Clement, Olivia (September 5, 2018). "Season 3 of The Lion Guard to Feature More Broadway Alums". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2018-09-05.
- Pedersen, Erik (September 4, 2018). "The Lion Guard Raids Broadway For Guest Voices On Disney Junior Toon". Deadline. Archived from the original on 2018-09-23.
- "Michael Luwoye: Other Works". IMDb. Archived from the original on 2018-01-24.
- "Michael Luwoye". About the Artists. Retrieved January 25, 2018.
- "Witness Uganda". American Repertory Theater. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2014-02-24.
- "tick, tick...BOOM! coming to Hamilton Stage in Rahway from Jan. 28–Feb. 5". Suburban News. NJ.com. January 19, 2015. Archived from the original on 2016-09-18.
- Luwoye, Michael (February 14, 2017). "Show # 81: Final Show w/ Hamilton on B'way". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2018-01-29. (Note: contradicts Playbill reference, infra, as to end date.)
- "Michael Luwoye: Performer". Playbill. Archived from the original on 2017-07-12. (Note: end date of February 19 contradicted by Luwoye in Twitter status dated 2017-02-14, supra.)