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Jonathan Groff: Playing King George III in Broadway’s Hamilton is ‘like a drug’

Jonathan Groff: Playing King George III in Broadway’s Hamilton is ‘like a drug’

It may have been difficult for Jonathan Groff to accept that his HBO show Looking was canceled after just two seasons but he quickly landed another job that he’s equally passionate about.

The multi-talented star of stage and screen is currently playing the role of King George III in the smash Broadway musical Hamilton.

‘It’s like a drug coming out there every night,’ Groff told Charlie Rose this week. ‘It’s so amazing to be breathing in the air of the Hamilton experience. That alone is so incredibly special and something I’ll never forget.’

He provides the comic relief during a mere nine minutes of stage time.

‘It’s delicious writing. I love saying it every night,’ Groff says. ‘Before I joined the show,. I knew it was nine minutes of show time. I have not gotten sick of (of it). I’ve done it over 100 times.

‘It is so naughty and wonderful. The audience is always so receptive to it.’

Groff would have even more performances under his belt had he not taken a month off from the show to film the series finale of Looking which will air next year. He was replaced during that month by Andrew Rannells.

The show was inspired by the 2004 biography Alexander Hamilton by historian Ron Chernow.

It made its Off-Broadway debut at The Public Theater in February and transferred to Broadway in August at the Richard Rodgers Theatre where it has enjoyed unprecedented advance box office sales.