Saturday July 9, 2016 marked the final performance by Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator of the acclaimed hip-hop musical Hamilton.
The musical, based on Ron Chernow’s biography of the first U.S. Treasury Secretary, won 11 Tony Awards including Best Musical, as well as the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album among others. Seats are generally sold out, but especially so for Miranda’s final performance which turned out a full house with people standing in the back in order to be in the room where it happened. Some tickets for the show were reportedly selling for $40,000 on some websites.
Miranda was not the only principle member of the show who had to teach us how to say goodbye that night. Phillipa Soo who played Eliza Schuyler and Leslie Odom Jr. acting as Aaron Burr also took their final bows. According to NBC, Soo will next be taking the lead in the musical stage production of the movie Amelie, and Odom Jr. is taking time to focus on his music, where he has a deal with S-Curve Records. Miranda, after working on the score for Disney’s upcoming movie Moana, will be playing opposite Emily Blunt in the Mary Poppins sequel that is in the works.
Hamilton will be going on its first national tour in 2017.