‘Hamilton’ Cast: Which Original Stars Are Leaving?

Even though the average person hasn’t seen Hamilton performed on stage, it hasn’t stopped the Broadway show from becoming a pop culture phenomenon. Tickets are selling for upward of $850 (and closer to $5,000 by scalpers) and the cast soundtrack is just one of three Broadway cast albums to reach the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 chart.

Hamilton will soon say farewell to a few of its founding members including creator Lin-Manuel Miranda. He will turn over the reigns of Alexander Hamilton to his alternate, Javier Muñoz, who will step into the title role on July 11.

Miranda will depart the show on July 9. Phillipa Soo (Eliza Schuyler) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) will also take their final bows that night, which marks the end of all three of their contracts. Jonathan Groff, who took over the role of King George III when the production moved to Broadway, left the show in April and was replaced by Rory O’Malley.

Groff also returned to film the production with his fellow original cast members on June 26 and 28. The show has not announced how the footage will be used, but some scenes will be featured in PBS’s documentary Hamilton’s American, airing on October 21.

Find out what each of the departing cast members will do post Hamilton.


Lin-Manuel Miranda Is Headed to 17 Cherry Tree Lane

Miranda has two projects in the works with Walt Disney Studios. He recently completed music for the Disney Animation Studios film, Moana, which will premiere in theaters on November 23. The 36-year-old actor will also star opposite Emily Blunt in the Mary Poppins sequel, Mary Poppins Returns, as a street lamplighter named Jack.

Here’s the complete synopsis for Mary Poppins Returns, according to Variety:

Drawing from the wealth of material in P.L. Travers’ seven additional novels, the story will take place in Depression-era London and follows a now-grown Jane and Michael Banks, who, along with Michael’s three children, are visited by the enigmatic Mary Poppins following a personal loss. Through her unique magical skills, and with the aid of her friend Jack, she helps the family rediscover the joy and wonder missing in their lives.


Phillipa Soo Will Star in the Broadway Adaptation of ‘Amelie’

Soo will remain on Broadway, starring in the stage adaptation of the 2001 French indie film, Amélie. The plan is for the show to have a pre-Broadway run in Los Angeles in December before opening in New York next spring, according to Deadline.

The 26-year-old actress will also reunite with her on-stage husband Miranda on Disney’s Moana. She will lend her voice to a villager of Motunui, Moana’s home island, according to Entertainment Weekly.


Leslie Odom Jr. Heads Home to Philadelphia to Host July 4th Celebration

Odom Jr. will serve as the host of Philadelphia’s Wawa Welcome America! free concert on July 4. He will also perform music from his new self-titled album, which features Odom singing show tunes and jazz classics, and sing “America the Beautiful” with the Philly POPS

The Smash actor doesn’t have any other on-screen or stage roles lined up and told the Wall Street Journal that he plans to keep performing his music until he gets a call.

Everyday I can pour energy into this music. I can go out and meet people and connect with people, which is what I love to do most. And so that’s what I’m going to do and I’ll let the phone calls come in as they will, God willing. But if nobody’s calling, I’m going to be around the country and around the world with this music.

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