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It’s official: Lin-Manuel Miranda to exit ‘Hamilton’ next month

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NEW YORK — If you want to see Lin-Manuel Miranda in “Hamilton,” you’re running out of time.

The creator and star of the Broadway smash hit is stepping down from the role of Alexander Hamilton on July 9.

The date was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter two weeks ago, but it wasn’t confirmed by Miranda until Thursday.

Miranda told a group of reporters that he will occasionally return to the cast, sometimes for days at a time, but did not specify when.

The musical announced that Miranda’s alternate, Javier Munoz, will be taking on the titular role on July 11.

Miranda also said that even though he’s leaving, he’s not done with playing Hamilton.

“I’m a be playing Hamilton for the rest of my life,” Miranda tweeted. “Til I need help jumping on the desk. For real.”

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 12: Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda poses in the press room with the award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre at the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

NEW YORK, NY – JUNE 12: Actor Lin-Manuel Miranda poses in the press room with the award for Best Original Score Written for the Theatre at the 70th Annual Tony Awards at The Beacon Theatre on June 12, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Tony Awards Productions)

The news comes as Miranda is expanding his roles beyond playing the ten dollar founding father on stage.

He is writing music for Disney’s upcoming animated feature, “Moana.” And he will be co-starring with Emily Blunt in the studio’s “Mary Poppins” sequel, “Mary Poppins Returns.”

A film adaptation of Miranda’s first show, “In the Heights,” is reportedly also in the works.

Since making its Broadway premiere at New York’s Richard Rodgers Theatre last summer, “Hamilton” has taken the Broadway world by storm. On Sunday it won eleven Tony Awards. The show has also earned a Grammy and a Pulitzer Prize.

 

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The hip hop musical about the Founding Father has turned Miranda into a cultural star — and it has been the toughest ticket in town.

In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Miranda said that he and some other members of the cast were contracted through July, but didn’t go into detail about his plans.

“I don’t know that I want to break the news here, but I can tell you that with ‘In the Heights,’ I did a year. I did a year and got out,” Miranda told Rolling Stone. “But I still needed time to write, and so I did a year.”

1 Comment

  • Debby Downer

    I saw a scene from Hamilton on the Tony awards. I do not understand what all the hype is. There was nothing about it that made me want to see it. Actually because of what I saw I will not waste my time or money.

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