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Lin-Manuel Miranda reportedly leaving Hamilton July 9

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David Cote

According to The Hollywood Reporter and other outlets, Hamilton writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda is planning to leave the production July 9, the day his contract is up. As of this posting, publicists for the show have neither confirmed nor denied. If Miranda does pack up his dressing room, it shouldn't surprise anyone who remembers that he also exited his Broadway debut, In the Heights, eight months after it won several 2008 Tony Awards (including Best Musical, Score, Choreography and Orchestrations).

Less than a month after a widely anticipated Hamilton sweep on Tony night might seem a bit hasty, but remember: LMM has been working on this show since when he was still in In the Heights. He no doubt has the idea for his next project, and wants to get working on that right away. As the ensemble sings, "Why do you write like you're running out of time?" It will be interesting to see if the show continues to be a cultural and commercial juggernaut after his departure. If you have tickets for the show in the next five weeks, you just got extra lucky.

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