As first reported by the Tribune last week, Wayne Brady is indeed joining the Chicago cast of "Hamilton" in the major role of Aaron Burr.
The producer of the hit show, Jeffrey Seller, made the casting official on Monday afternoon and provided the dates for what will be a relatively short stay in Chicago for Brady - he will appear in the role from Jan. 17 through Apr. 9.
The actor and host of the game shows "Whose Line Is it Anyway?" and "Let's Make a Deal" will replace Joshua Henry, who is leaving the Chicago production to join the first national tour of "Hamilton," which begins on the West Coast in March.
His casting represents the first time that the show has employed a previously established star name in any role (aside, that is, from the creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda).
Henry has said on Twitter that his last show in Chicago will be Jan. 15.
"Hamilton" plays in an open run at the PrivateBank Theatre in downtown Chicago.