Lin-Manuel Miranda Says Goodbye to Broadway Smash 'Hamilton'
By Leena Tailor
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Lin-Manuel Miranda has taken his final bow in the smash Broadway production, Hamilton.
The 36-year-old show creator and star was greeted by thunderous applause at the conclusion of Saturday night’s performance at Richard Rodgers Theater in New York City.
Humbly bowing out with fellow exiting cast members, Leslie Odom Jr and Phillipa Soo, the popular actor was then pushed to the front of the stage to take a final, solo bow as the theme song to The West Wing played.
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The performance was attended by celebrities including Jennifer Lopez, Jane Fonda, Spike Lee, Mariska Hargitay and Rosie O’Donnell, who was reportedly seeing the show for the 24th time.
Fans came from as far as Florida and California to catch Miranda's final performance. The 1,320-seat theater was so packed that some attendees had to sit on stairs or stand at the back.
Afterwards, hundreds of fans gathered in the rain for a glimpse of Miranda exiting the venue, but he instead appeared on the balcony under an umbrella, waving to the crowd and showing his thanks by clutching his hand to his heart.
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“It’s been a bit of a day,” he tweeted after the show. “Wits intact. Love you. Good night.”
It's been a bit of a day. Wits intact. Love you. Good night.
Soo, 26, and Odom Jr. also took to Twitter to thank fans, with the latter dedicating his final performance to Alton Sterling and Philando Castile, who were recently slain by police, and victims of the Dallas police shootings and Orlando nightclub attack.
“For me, today is for Alton, & his children, & the struggle. For Orlando, & Philando, & the slain officers in Dallas,” Odom Jr wrote, adding the hashtag "#blacklivesmatter."
“The most profound legacy of #HamiltonBway will be that it has set a table for strangers to connect, to have meaningful conversations,” the 34-year-old Tony award-winner continued. “#HamiltonBway has been our common ground. I am excited and cautiously optimistic for a real and lasting spiritual awakening amongst us. May the conversation continue. I’ll see you out here in these streets. Onward. We have work to do. Love. Forever.”
For me, today is for Alton, & his children, & the struggle. For Orlando, & Philando, & the slain officers in Dallas...#BlackLivesMatter
A Chicago production of the show, which won 11 Tony awards last month, is set to debut in the fall, while a touring production will kick off in 2017 before moving to Los Angeles.
Miranda will next be seen alongside Emily Blunt in a Mary Poppins sequel and has written music for the upcoming Disney film, Moana. He also recently filmed a video with Jennifer Lopez for their collaboration, "Love Makes the World Go Round." Find out more in the video below.