Hamilton fans who haven't seen the Broadway musical yet, but want to see the original cast better get on it quick. Some of the show's stars, including composer/lyricist/writer/star Lin Manuel Miranda, will be leaving the production this summer according to this report.
Of course, the show itself isn't going anywhere. This amazing musical juggernaut is raking in the cash on Broadway, the soundtrack is killing the charts, it's a pop culture phenomenon, a second production is soon to start in Chicago, a touring company will also soon be making its way around the country, and the movie rights are being negotiated even now.
It was only a matter of time before the cast would start changing. I can't imagine Miranda wants to keep up the grueling six days per week schedule as he rakes in the cash and is having new opportunities thrust at him from all sides. A movie version of his previous hit play, "In the Heights", is also being considered. Meanwhile, he's working on the score for an upcoming Disney musical film and may co-star in a sequel to "Mary Poppins".
I'm not actually too broken up about this. The odds I would be able to see the original Broadway production were as close to zero as practical. I'm just hoping to see the touring company in 2017 in Boston. Plus, I'm very excited to see what else Miranda will have next. How do you follow up this mega-hit?
Meanwhile, the Lin-Manuel PEGOT Watch begins. The PEGOT is the exclusive club of people who have won a Pulitzer, an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. Twelve people in history are in the EGOT club. Only two are PEGOTs: Richard Rodgers1 and Marvin Hamlisch. Lin-Manuel is a PEGT, only lacking an Oscar, but once the movie version of "Hamilton" is made is there any doubt he is the favorite to win for Best Soundtrack?2