Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo and Leslie Odom, Jr. Say Goodbye to Hamilton
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo played their final performance in Miranda’s Tony-winning, sold-out, history-making hip-hop musical Saturday night – in a house filled with stars, family, friends and fans who were lucky to get one last shot to see the original cast members perform together.
Celebrities including Secretary of State John Kerry, Rosie O’Donnell, Jane Fonda, Spike Lee, Mariska Hargitay, Charlie Rose, Marla Maples and Jennifer Lopez were spotted in the audience on Saturday. There was also a one-minute standing ovation upon Lin’s entrance in the opening number, “Alexander Hamilton.” The audience also sang along with Rory O’Malley’s song “You’ll Be Back.”
The three performed one last time alongside also-departing ensemble member Ariana DeBose, who like the trio has been with the show since its Off-Broadway run at New York’s Public Theater last winter.
Prior to the performance, the trio took to social media to express their gratitude to to the Hamilton fans and to reflect back on what the experience has meant for them.
“Thanks to all for the love and support the past 2 yrs,” Soo tweeted. The 26-year-old actress, whose performance as Eliza Schuyler earned her Tony nomination for leading actress added, “I will cherish #Hamilton and everyone [at] the [Richard Rodgers]Theatre. ‘Til next time, folks!’
“The most profound legacy of #HamiltonBway will be that it has set a table for strangers to connect, to have meaningful conversations,” the 34-year-old, who won a Tony for his role as vice president Aaron Burr, continued. “#HamiltonBway has been our common ground. I am excited and cautiously optimistic for a real and lasting spiritual awakening amongst us.”
“May the conversation continue,” he added. “I’ll see you out here in these streets. Onward. We have work to do. Love. Forever.”
Miranda, who wrote the show’s book, score and lyrics in addition to starring as its title character, was a little more general in his goodbyes.
“Have your wits about you, it promises to be a bit of a day,” Miranda said in his annual ‘Good Morning’ tweets. “Carry extra wits in case you lose ’em, that’s what I do.” he added.
Fans also paid tribute to the three, in a number of social media posts and touching videos.
Replacements for their roles have been announced, with Miranda’s longtime alternate Javier Muñoz taking over the title role on July 11. Brandon Victor Dixon (currently of Broadway’s Shuffle Along) and newcomer Lexi Lawson will replace Leslie Odom, Jr. and Soo, respectively.
Neither are leaving the spotlight though.
Soo will be back on Broadway in the spring, playing the title role in the musical adaptation of the 2001 film Amélie. Odom, Jr. has a new jazz album out and will be promoting it in concert extensively – even hosting a signing and performance Monday night.
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Miranda, meanwhile, will be everywhere. After penning a song for the last Star Wars film, he’ll return to his big screen composing role this November, writing the score for the new Disney film musical Moana. He’ll continue his Disney relationship, starring as a street lamplighter named Jack alongside Emily Blunt in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns.
The Weinstein Co. also recently picked up the movie rights for In the Heights, and since the semi-autobiographical story is so personal to Miranda, he’d be the obvious choice to star.
And occasionally, Miranda said he’ll be back in Hamilton. “I have written a role I can’t age out of,” he joked with PEOPLE at the 2016 Tony Awards press room. “I intend to drop-in on this, over and over again. Cut to 20 years from now and you’ll be like ‘Lin, when will you stop playing Hamilton?’ “