June 16, 2016


Lin-Manuel Miranda Leaving 'Hamilton'—But Will Reprise Role 'For the Rest of My Life'

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Update (6/16, 10:30 a.m.): Four days after Hamilton won 11 Tony Awards, 36-year-old reator/writer/Pulitzer winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has officially announced that he'll step down from his starring role as Alexander Hamilton. Miranda's final performance—not counting future drop-ins—is July 9. Three of the Hamilton Tonys went straight to him; his debut show, In the Heights, netted him two. (That one's becoming a movie soon.)

Lin-Manuel Miranda leaving Hamilton isn't all sad. (Although it'll be amplified if his other cast mates—like Tony winners Leslie Odom, Jr., Daveed Diggs and Renée Elise Goldsberry—also hit the road soon.) We'll always have the Miranda-starring cast album, and Washington Post theater critic Peter Marks reported a bunch more exciting developments from a breakfast with Miranda on Thursday:

Miranda weighed in shortly after:

Original story (6/2): Today in crushing reminders that nothing lasts forever: Lin-Manuel Miranda, the 36-year-old behind the music, lyrics and concept for Broadway's Hamilton, will reportedly relinquish his starring role on July 9. On Wednesday he reminded Rolling Stone he spent a year starring in In the Heights, his first Broadway creation, which felt right for him. 

Fast Company recently reported that Miranda makes 7 percent royalties on the show and $105,000 a week from ticket sales. But he's also writing music for Disney's Moana and is set to star across Emily Blunt in Mary Poppins ReturnsIn the Heights is also being adapted as a film, although Miranda says we shouldn't expect a Hamilton adaptation for "like, 20 years."

The Hollywood Reporter notes that July 9 is the date many cast members' contracts expire, adding:

"Meanwhile, other key players' future with the show, which is grossing a whopping $1.6 million-or-so a week, remain in flux, as they are seeking big pay raises (on top of a profit-sharing deal the original cast secured from producers in April) and are prepared to walk if they don't get them, according to sources."

Hamilton's cast has been doing the show since January 2015, when its off-Broadway edition opened at New York's Public Theater. They perform eight times a week. Miranda vacates the lead role on Sunday matinees, with Javier Muñoz stepping in. (He's got his own popular #javilton hashtag.) The 40-year-old actor was diagnosed with cancer in October but has since returned to the stage.

And now, as we ponder Lin-Manuel Miranda leaving Hamilton and feverishly continue entering the daily lottery for tickets we could never afford otherwise, we listen to this: