Future Carpool Karaoke Star Lin-Manuel Miranda Reveals His ‘Hamilton’ Exit Date
We can’t decide whether or not we’re really happy right now, or really sad (smh, probably both).
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda is definitely, maybe leaving his hit Broadway show soon in order to focus on other projects. Thought it was hard to get tickets to Hamilton before? Think about how impossible they’ll be to get now that the show’s creator and lead is on his way out!
Miranda will reportedly sing his last song on July 9. The Hollywood Reporter writes:
On July 9, less than a month after the Tonys, where Hamilton has a record 16 nominations, the contracts of many members of the current company — including Miranda, who also wrote the show’s book and music — will expire, sources close to the production tell The Hollywood Reporter.
In addition, Miranda has told confidants that he will be departing the show in order to work on other projects. THR then lists off Miranda’s recent and all-around incredible successes:
He wrote music for the Disney animated musical Moana (in theaters Nov. 23); The Weinstein Co. has picked up movie rights to his first Broadway musical, In the Heights; he’ll star with Emily Blunt in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns; Hamilton touring productions are in the works; and he has seeds of an idea for a new musical, he has told friends.
Lastly, it’s not yet known whether or not Miranda will ever be making a return to the cultural phenomenon he created or if his departure is for good: “It’s unclear if Miranda would perform in the show periodically (rather than the eight shows a week he currently does),” THR notes. “Producers declined to comment on his status.”
THR continues to note that many of the show’s key figures are now vying for pay raises “on top of a profit-sharing deal the original cast secured from producers in April.” According to sources, those individuals are prepared to walk if they don’t get it. In the last week alone, the show grossed $1.9 million and some attendees are paying upwards of $1000+ for a seat to the show. As we previously reported, Hamilton got a record-smashing 16 Tony nods including three for Miranda (for Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Leading Actor).
Here’s some positive Hamilton-related news that we can all get on board with, at least: Miranda will soon be appearing on James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” segment. Think about it this way: despite the devastating news that your chances of seeing Hamilton with Miranda in the lead role are slim to none, we’ll get to experience the genius that is Miranda together with the genius that is “Carpool Karaoke.”
Miranda will be appearing on the Late Late Show’s popular and hilarious segment on June 6 for a special Broadway-themed “Carpool Karaoke.” Audra McDonald, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and Jane Krakowski will also be carpooling with Miranda and Corden. The special will air just days before Corden is set to host the 2016 Tony Awards live on June 12.
Corden’s Broadway-themed “Carpool Karaoke” airs on Monday, June 6 on The Late Late Show. The Tony Awards air live on CBS June 12 at 8 p.m. ET.