‘Hamilton’ cast react to Tony nominations
Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, and actors Leslie Odom Jr., Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson reveal their reaction to the musical’s 16 Tony nominations.
June 3, 2016 – 12:39PM
As they say in Hollywood, the show must go on.
And so it is for the world’s hottest musical with reports Hamilton creator and lead star Lin-Manuel Miranda is quitting the show to chase the glittery lights of Los Angeles.
Lin Manuel Miranda as Alexander Hamilton in the Broadway hit Hamilton.
The actor and rapper will reportedly give his last performance as founding father Alexander Hamilton in his record-making hip-hop Broadway musical on July 9.
Hamilton has taken the musical theatre world by storm since opening last year, selling out until 2017 with a Billboard charting soundtrack, a record 16 Tony Award nominations and a prestigious Pulitzer Prize.
Miranda’s talents have since caught the attention of Hollywood heavyweights and on Tuesday Disney confirmed they had cast Miranda to star opposite Emily Blunt in the upcoming Mary Poppins sequel.
Fans are heartbroken by the news Lin-Manuel will leave Hamilton to go to Hollywood.
The Puerto Rican actor will play Jack, a lamplighter character inspired by chimney sweep Bert in the 1964 original film.
With Hollywood knocking, Miranda has reportedly decided to lower the curtain on Hamilton. According to The New York Times, it’s been well-known for several months that Miranda would leave after June 12’s Tony Awards and once the cast’s one-year contracts had expired.
Miranda has already filmed comedy Speech & Debate with Superman Returns director Dan Harris, which is due in cinemas sometime this year.
Hamilton The Musical is coming to Australia in 2020. Photo: Supplied
The rapper has a long history working in television, with small roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and The Sopranos. He also wrote Grammy Award-winning musical In The Heights, which is currently being turned into a film.
Rumours of Miranda’s departure have devastated Hamilton fans who see the actor as synonymous with the Broadway show.
Heartbroken fans have expressed their disappointment on Twitter, with one person worried her tickets to the show in September won’t include Miranda.
“Lin Manuel Miranda is leaving Hamilton so basically I have no motivation to do anything anymore” wrote one despondent fan.
“Do you ever cry because you won’t ever get to see Lin Manuel Miranda play Hamilton because he is leaving the show?” wrote another.
Miranda conceived of the musical more than seven years ago after buying Ron Chernow’s best-selling biography of Hamilton while at an airport.
Hamilton follows the rise and fall of founding father Alexander Hamilton who was born destitute in the West Indies but became George Washington’s chief aide and the United States first secretary of treasury.
He was later embroiled in the nation’s first sex scandal and was eventually killed in a duel by one of his lifelong adversaries.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Hamilton has already grossed $US61 million ($84 million) at the box office since opening on Broadway last July and makes $US500,000 ($691,000) in profit each week.
The show will tour Europe in 2017 and Australia in 2020.
Miranda reportedly makes $US100,000 ($138,000) each week in royalties. The active Twitter user has nearly 500,000 followers whom he constantly engages with, but is yet to break the bad news to his fans.
— Nolan Brinkman (@NolanBrinkman)
June 2, 2016
Do you ever cry bc you won’t ever get to see Lin Manuel Miranda play Hamilton bc he is leaving the show bc same
— Rachel Page (@rpage1700)
June 3, 2016
If Lin-Manuel Miranda can be okay with leaving Hamilton I can be okay with leaving high school
— EKB (@emmaBAErrera)
June 2, 2016
Lin Manuel Miranda is leaving Hamilton so basically I have no motivation to do anything anymore
— em (@reallyemily)
June 2, 2016
MRS CLINTON HOW DO WE KEEP LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA FROM LEAVING HAMILTON
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff)
June 2, 2016