Javier Munoz to Replace Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Hamilton,' Broadway Show to Film With Original Cast
It's official: The composer-star will exit the hit musical on July 9.
Lin-Manuel Miranda has confirmed his exit from Hamilton and is leaving the title role to Javier Munoz.
But before Miranda, Phillipa Soo and any of the original castmembers depart, the hit Broadway musical will be filmed later this month, the composer-star has confirmed.
Munoz has been Miranda's longtime onstage alternate in the show; he played the lead when President Barack Obama saw Hamilton last July. Munoz 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.
Munoz 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 two performances later this month with the original cast — including Tony nominee Jonathan Groff, who originated the comical King George III and has since exited the show — but the footage will not necessarily result in a release of the full show.
2) What are we doing with that footage?— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 16, 2016
Throwing it in a vault at Gringotts for a bit probly. But we're getting it.
Munoz previously replaced Miranda as 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.
Hamilton's flurry of announcements also included a mixtape, featuring various cuts of the show's songs, that will drop in October, plus a 90-minute documentary film entitled Hamilton's America that will be released Oct. 17 on PBS’ Great Performances. The doc was filmed by RadicalMedia, the same company filming the original cast live.
June 21, 1:20 p.m. Updated with information of Groff's return.