Creator and Star of Hit Broadway Show “Hamilton” to Retire

Lin-Manuel Miranda is giving his last performance on Broadway in Hamilton on Saturday night.


Miranda created the musical, which won 11 Tony Awards at last month’s ceremony, including two for Miranda himself: for best book and best score of a musical. (His longtime onstage alternate, Javier Munoz, is taking over his role.)

Since its debut on Broadway, tickets to the show have been nearly impossible to obtain.

Hamilton has been the hottest show in town, with tickets at the Richard Rodgers Theater in New York virtually sold out for months and resale tickets running upwards of $12,000 a seat.

This was especially true on Saturday, with orchestra seat tickets listed for as much as $9,750 on ticket selling site StubHub.

On Wednesday, Miranda took the opportunity of the show’s ticket lottery and its accompanying “Ham4Ham” mini-show to say goodbye to the horde of fans outside of the theater.

“You know this whole thing was an accident,” he told the crowd. “When we had our first lottery 700 people showed up, and we didn’t know what to do with all of that, so I just got up and said a few words… and it’s turned into this.”

Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo also are exiting their roles as Aaron Burr and Eliza Schuyler, respectively.

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?'”

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