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Speculation mounts over who could replace Lin-Manuel Miranda in Hamilton

Lin-Manuel Miranda is rumoured to be on the verge of announcing his final dates as one of the original founding fathers of the USA, Alexander Hamilton.

Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (L) and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) perform on stage during "Hamilton" GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City.
Actor Leslie Odom, Jr. (L) and actor, composer Lin-Manuel Miranda (R) perform on stage during “Hamilton” GRAMMY performance for The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Richard Rodgers Theater on February 15, 2016 in New York City. Image by Theo Wargo/WireImage/Getty

The Hollywood Reporter earlier this week wrote that the writer and protagonist of Hamilton, the record-breaking play with the impossible-to-find tickets, was getting ready to step out of the shoes of Alexander Hamilton on 9 July.

Miranda has won a Grammy, a Pulitzer, and Hamilton has been nominated for 12 Tony awards, more awards than any other theatre production in history.

The 'financial burdens of Broadway' get the better of Tupac Shakur musical. Image by Darren Johnson / CC BY 2.0
. Image by Darren Johnson / CC BY 2.0 Image by Darren Johnson / CC BY 2.0

Hamilton, which has been an astonishing run-away success since it first premiered in January 2015 at the Richard Rogers theatre in Broadway, New York, has, to this point, made $1.9 million.

Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda.
Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Image by Joan Marcus

Miranda has remained in the lead role despite the intensity of the run and despite the fact that it is unusual for a lead actor to not move out of a role like this one after a shorter period of time, given the intensity of its demands.

His understudy Javier Munoz, who already plays Hamilton  in every Sunday’s performance, is said to be the front runner to take over the nightly lead.

If rumours are to be believed, Miranda is considering performing his last Hamilton in a month’s time.