Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Leaving ‘Hamilton’ For Film Roles And Political Advocacy

It’s a sad face emoji day for die-hard Hamilton fans. Creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will be leaving Hamilton, taking his final bow July 9 — but as they say, the exorbitantly priced show will quite literally go on.

Miranda has been the real draw for the iconic cultural phenomenon since its off-Broadway inception in 2015, but fret not: the Pulitzer-prize winner plans to pop his head in every now and then (you’ll just have to be a lucky audience member that night, I guess). Alexander Hamilton’s understudy, Javier Munoz, will be taking to the stage in his place seven days a week starting July 11. If he tickled your fancy as Miranda’s replacement in In The Heights, the switcheroo shouldn’t dramatically alter the nature of the show.

“If anything, it’s personal,” Munoz told The Associated Press. “We’re losing our guy, right? Our friend, the guy we love, is not going to be in the building as often. It’s like camp. You get to the end of summer and you become pen pals.” On top of its widespread praise from celebrities and politicians alike, the production took home 11 Tony awards last Sunday for best musical, best book, and the list goes on and on and on. Beyond the accolades, the show promotes discussions surrounding racial diversity and inclusion, portraying racial minorities as the country’s Founding Fathers.

If seeing Miranda front and center in the production made the top of your bucket list, PBS announced they will be releasing a behind-the-scenes documentary called “Hamilton’s America.” The New York City-based Puerto Rican is using part of his time away from the show to push for the strength of the Puerto Rican dollar and is urging Latinos to vote in this election. Given the horrific premise of this week’s mass shooting in Orlando largely targeting the Latino gay community, it’s all the more crucial for minorities to use their voices, and use them loudly (but at the same time, it’s not victims’ responsibility to keep themselves safe, it’s our collective responsibility to not carry out hate crimes).

It’s shows like this that broaden our horizons, putting rap culture on the map. The cast is a microcosm for America itself. Lord knows seeing ourselves in the media we consume is therapeutic, making us one step closer to this elusive world peace we speak so fondly of.

He’ll also appear opposite Emily Blunt as the lead of a Mary Poppins sequel slated for Christmas 2018, so look out for that.