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Javier Muñoz On "Hamilton"

By: Donna Freydkin

You know you've made it when you have a drink named in your honor. In this case, a pineapple tequila sunrise with blood orange at the Blue Dog on the West Side.

"It's smooth. It's delicious. I tried the first one," says Javier Muñoz, who's now the lead in the Broadway smash "Hamilton."

He landed the starring role after Lin-Manuel Miranda, who originated it, left the show.

"It feels great," says Muñoz. "This is my favorite part -- to play, explore, deepen the relationships. It's an actor's dream."Tickets are still impossible to get, which is something that Muñoz appreciates. It gives him a sense of stability, and the knowledge that he'll have work in the near future.

"It's the Holy Grail," says Muñoz. "That's the part of things -- I don't have any connection with it. As an actor in that experience, it's really comforting to be part of something you can invest in. As an artist, you're always living in this partly-anxious space. What's next? There's a little bit of fear all the time. To be able to breathe is superbly comforting."

He began performing as an alternate in 2015, filling in for Miranda one night a week. Now, he's center stage. Muñoz, a cancer survivor who's openly HIV-positive, keeps his nighttime routine pretty standard.

"I have to vocalize down, cool down just a little bit. I always have food waiting for me. I eat throughout the show, whenever I can. I hydrate immediately," says Muñoz. "You have to eat energy food, nourishing food. I have to wash off all the glue and wig stuff. And I go home. I shower. I cool down my brain with a book or some TV."

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NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 21: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Jay Z and Beyonce pose with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 21, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (EXCLUSIVE ACCESS) Oprah Winfrey poses with the cast backstage at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Alex Lacamoire and Lin-Manuel Miranda pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Daveed Diggs and Jasmine Cephas Jones pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Austin Smith and Andrew Chappelle pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: (L-R) Alex Lacamoire, Phillipa Soo, Thayne Jasperson, Jonathan Groff, Morgan Marcell, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Daveed Diggs, Javier Munoz, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson pose at the public release of The Atlantic Records Original Broadway Cast Recording of 'Hamilton' at Barnes & Noble, 86th & Lexington on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 16: Lin-Manuel Miranda during the 'Hamilton' Original Broadway Cast Q & A and CD signing at Barnes & Noble on October 16, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Alicia Keys poses backstage with Lin Manuel Miranda and the cast at the hit musical 'Hamilton' on Broadway at The Richard Rogers Theater on September 30, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/Bruce Glikas)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep visits Andrew Chappelle from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 13: (EXCLUSIVE COVERAGE) Meryl Streep (R) visits Jon Rua from the cast of 'Hamilton' backstage after a performance at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 13, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Betsy Struxness with her chorus cast members during the Broadway Opening Night Actors' Equity Gypsy Robe Ceremony honoring Betsy Struxness of 'Hamilton at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6,, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: Chorus cast members attend the 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night After Party at Pier 60 on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Walter McBride/WireImage)
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