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EXCLUSIVE: Lin-Manuel Miranda Opens Up About Leaving 'Hamilton': 'This Is Not the End of Anything'

by Alex Ungerman 7:52 PM PDT, June 12, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Lin-Manuel Miranda Opens Up About Leaving 'Hamilton': 'This Is Not the End of Anything'

Lin-Manuel Miranda is far from done with Hamilton.

The Broadway star talked to ET at the 2016 Tony Awards, where he addressed reports that he would be exiting the massive-hit musical production in July to focus on other projects, like writing music for the upcoming Disney princess film Moana and starring in a sequel to Mary Poppins.

"You guys are going to be so sick of me in this part, because I plan to out-Ted Needley Ted Neeley," the 36-year-old actor reassured fans, making reference to Needley's long-running role in Jesus Christ Superstar. "I've written a part I can't age out of, so even if I take a break, I'll always come back."

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"This is not the end of anything," Miranda added. "I don't know when I'm leaving yet, but I think that I built a house I can come back to any time I want, so I’m really excited about that."

That is definitely good to know!

Hamilton was nominated for a record-breaking 16 Tony Awards, and Miranda took home Best Original Score for the hip-hop musical, using his acceptance speech to deliver a heartbreaking sonnet about the Orlando, Florida massacre that took place early Sunday morning:

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My wife’s the reason anything gets done/ She nudges me towards promise by degrees / She is a perfect symphony of one/ Our son is her most beautiful reprise.

We chase the melodies that seem to find us until they’re finished songs and start to play/ When senseless acts of tragedy remind us that nothing here is promised, not one day.

This show is proof that history remembers/ We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger/ We rise and fall and light from dying embers remembrance that hope and love last forever.

Love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love cannot be killed or swept aside/ I sing Vanessa’s symphony. Eliza tells her story. We’ll fill the world with music, love, and pride.

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