'Hamilton' Names Lin-Manuel Miranda Replacement

Walter McBride
Javier Munoz and Lin-Manuel Miranda.

Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed his exit from Hamilton, and is leaving the title role to Javier Muñoz.

But before Miranda, Phillipa Soo and any of the original cast members depart, the hit Broadway musical will be filmed later this month, the composer and star has confirmed.

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Muñoz has been Miranda's longtime onstage alternate in the hit Broadway musical, and played the lead when President Barack Obama saw the show last July. Muñoz will officially step into the role of Alexander Hamilton on July 11 at the Richard Rodgers Theatre, producer Jeffrey Seller announced Thursday.

As previously reported by THR, Miranda's final performance in the Broadway production is set for July 9.

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Muñoz has been Miranda's understudy since Hamilton's early development and debut at the Public Theater in January 2015, as well as throughout the Broadway engagement. His own alternate, who will play the lead once a week as Munoz did during Miranda's run, will be announced at a later date.

Miranda confirmed on Twitter that Hamilton will film performances later this month with the original cast, but the footage would not necessarily result in a release of the full show.

Muñoz previously replaced Miranda in playing the role of Usnavi in the Tony-winning musical, In the Heights. He is represented by Kazarian, Measures, Ruskin and Associates and Soffer/Namoff Entertainment.

Those still hoping to see Miranda play Alexander Hamilton live might still be able to someday -- he told reporters after the Tony Awards, "I have written a role that I cannot age out of! I intend to drop in on this thing. I feel very lucky that I have built something that I can drop in on over and over again. ... Flash forward to 20 years from now, you’re going to be like, 'Lin when will you stop playing Hamilton?'"

There will soon be plenty of options for Miranda to do so, as a Chicago production will open this October, and a touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in March 2017, followed by a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles. A London production will also debut in 2017.


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