While the show has received a number of accolades (the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
, for one), made fans of President Barack Obama, among other politicians and celebrities, and even traveled to the White House for a special performance
, Soo says her favorite part of the past year goes back to the beginning of it all. “The creation of the show, when we were developing the show from pages in front of a music stand to putting it up on its feet, those were some very special moments in just discovering the show for the first time,” she says, recalling days of workshopping the production at The Public and getting to know her fellow castmates. “I look back at that time very fondly.”
Now that most of the cast has been performing the show for over a year -- the Off-Broadway run started in February 2015, while Hamilton
opened on Broadway in August -- some of its stars are already looking ahead to what’s next. Jonathan Groff officially left the show in April to film a David Fincher series while Miranda is reportedly leaving the production
in July to pursue other projects. Diggs has been cast in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Netflix series, The Get Down
, and squeezed in a few episodes of Law & Order: SVU
over the past year.
“I feel like because we’re all coming to this place where the show will be shifting and changing, we’re all kind of thinking about that,” Soo explains, adding that no decisions about her run have been made at the time of the interview.
“You have a little bit of sadness, because you’re like, ‘Oh, this means it’s the end of something,’” Soo says, particularly about Groff, who she was friends with before Hamilton
and introduced her to fiancé Steven Pasquale. “But it’s the beginning of something else. That’s kind of just the nature of our business, is that you’re really putting a lot of energy and time and care into something that isn’t necessarily going to last forever.”
The 2016 Tony Awards hosted by James Corden
airs live on CBS on Sunday, June 12 at 8 p.m. ET.