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Lin-Manuel Miranda is officially leaving 'Hamilton' — after filming a show

Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda during the the Tony Awards, where Hamilton won 11 awards.

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Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda during the the Tony Awards, where Hamilton won 11 awards.



Lin-Manuel Miranda’s departure from Hamilton is no longer a rumor. The Pulitzer- and Grammy-winning writer, composer and actor told news outlets on Thursday that he will leave the hit musical he created after the July 9 performance. In the meantime, the original cast is filming a performance of Hamilton, for history’s sake.

Miranda told reporters on Thursday that Javier Muñoz, his understudy in the title role, will take over June 11. The news is sure to disappoint fans, especially those who were hoping to see the originator of the hit musical playing Alexander Hamilton. Rumored for weeks, the announcement follows Hamilton’s 11 wins at the Tony Awards, including best musical and a best actor Tony for Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Hamilton nemesis Aaron Burr.

The phenomenal success of the show could trigger the departure of other key players as well. Phillipa Soo, who earned a best actress Tony nomination for her portrayal of Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, may also leave after July 9. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Soo could leave to pursue a career in film and television, including a voice role in the Disney animated musical Moana, for which Miranda composed the music.

Miranda, 36, will be diving into multiple projects, including a movie version of his In the Heights and a lead role in the film sequel of Mary Poppins. He promises not to be a stranger to the Richard Rodgers Theatre, and say he will drop in to play Hamilton every so often.

[Last modified: Thursday, June 16, 2016 1:56pm]


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