'Hamilton' Star and Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda Reportedly Leaving Show to Focus on New Projects
By Desiree Murphy
What comes next? Lin-Manuel Miranda's been freed -- from Broadway's Hamilton, that is!
The 36-year-old star and creator of the hit musical is planning to exit the stage on July 9 when the company's contracts expire, according to The Hollywood Reporter. That leaves 44 more opportunities for theatre lovers to catch a live performance from him at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City.
The scheduled departure would come just weeks after the 70th Annual Tony Awards, where the production is up for a record-breaking 16 nominations, including Best Musical.
But don't worry about finding ways to catch Miranda in action, as he already has a ton of exciting projects lined up.
On Tuesday, Disney revealed that Miranda will be joining the cast of Mary Poppins Returns, the studio's live-action sequel to the 1964 classic, as a streetlamp lighter named Jack. The reboot, helmed by Into the Woods director Rob Marshall, will also star Emily Blunt as Mary Poppins.
"The iconic original film means so much to me personally," Marshall said in a statement. "I look forward to creating an original movie musical that can bring Mary Poppins, and her message that childlike wonder can be found in even the most challenging of times, to a whole new generation."
Miranda will also be making a guest appearance in a Broadway-themed edition of James Corden's "Carpool Karaoke" segment on The Late Late Show next Monday, where he'll be joined by Jesse Tyler Ferguson, Audra McDonald and Jane Krakowski.
Last October, ET reported that the Broadway star would be lending his songwriting talents to Disney's Moana, an upcoming film from Walt Disney Animation Studios that's centered around a Hawaiian princess.