Have you heard of this Lin-Manuel Miranda guy and his Broadway musical production Hamilton? Apparently it’s kind of a big deal. It walked away with 11 wins of its record-setting 16 Tony Award nominations, including a win for Best Musical, as well as earning a Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album and the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. All that success and acclaim comes less than a year on the Broadway stage for Hamilton, which transferred to the Richard Rodgers Theater just last August.
The role, crafted and brought to life in a major part by Miranda, was inspired by the 2004 biography of Founding Father of the United States, Alexander Hamilton, written by Ron Chernow. It’s a role that Miranda could conceivably play the rest of his life if he wanted to, but in a surprise move, he’ll be exiting the production early next month. Don’t freak out if you just found out you finally got Hamilton tickets, because the show must go on; it has the capable Javier Muñoz stepping in to play the title role, which he’s already been doing as Miranda’s alternate twice a week.
In better news, as reported by USA Today and confirmed by Miranda himself, he’ll be filming two productions with the original cast before actors exit the production; this will also include offstage cameos, which Miranda is fond of. And whatever becomes of this film (it’ll likely be produced, packaged, and sold to the legions of fans who haven’t managed to grab tickets), Miranda has promised to revisit the role of Hamilton again in the future:
“I think this is a role I’m going to be going back to again and again. I plan to revisit this role a lot.”
In related news, Miranda reaffirmed that the PBS documentary about the musical, Hamilton’s America, will be coming to the network this fall, “October-ish.” As for Miranda himself, he’ll next be prepping to step into the world of Mary Poppins Returns alongside Emily Blunt as the title character. Though of course, he has to finish his polish on the music of Disney’s upcoming animated adventure film, Moana.