Lin-Manuel Miranda Might Leave 'Hamilton', But It's For A Very Good Reason
It's time to step up your Hamilton lottery game, if that's even possible, because, unfortunately, it seems like Alexander Hamilton is leaving Broadway. Before you freak out, no, I'm not talking about the show itself leaving Broadway. In fact, the show's closing date is completely out of the realm of imagination at this stage in the game. But, allegedly, the show's writer, creator, and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda will leave Hamilton sooner than fans might like. The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Miranda could be leaving the cast as soon as July 9, but what would cause Miranda to leave Hamilton behind? Bustle has reached out to Lin-Manuel Miranda for comment, but have yet to receive a response.
Between starring in Disney's Mary Poppins remake, bringing In The Heights to the big-screen, and his recent work on writing the music for the newest Disney princess, Moana, the coveted actor and writer is currently in high-demand. So it only makes sense that he passes down his role to it's next lucky contender. Hamilton — which is currently holding the record for the most Tony nominations — officially opened on August 6, 2015 to rave reviews for both the show's original script, music, and cast. With In The Heights' creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, at its forefront, some of the 16 nominations that the show managed to score for the June 12 Tony Awards include three for Miranda himself in the categories of Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Performance By An Actor in Leading Role in a Musical.
However, with July 9 possibly being Miranda's last day on the Hamilton stage, that leaves little time for fans to see the musical's original lead actor. And, with the Broadway contracts being up for most members of the original cast, Miranda could end up being one of many in the cast moving on to other projects.
As for who will be taking Lin-Manuel Miranda's place in the hit musical's title role, there's no official word on which actors are up for the role as of yet. However, open call auditions have been being held around the country over the past couple of months. And, if Miranda's understudy, Javier Muñoz, plans to stick around, then there's a chance that he could very well take his place for the time-being.
And this only means one thing for us Hamilton fans. Between the Tonys and Miranda's departure, it's only going to get harder to win the already nearly-impossible ticket lottery. So grab your friends, prepare your email, and get ready to enter the Hamilton lottery like you never have before. You have until Miranda's "One Last Time" on July 9.