On July 9, the popular hip-hop musical, Hamilton, bid farewell to three of its original cast members: Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of the musical who played the lead role of Alexander Hamilton; Leslie Odom, Jr., who won a Tony award for his leading role as Aaron Burr; and Phillipa Soo, who received a Tony nomination for her role as Hamilton’s wife, Eliza Schuyler. Fans of Hamilton were heartbroken to say goodbye to Miranda, Odom, Jr., and Soo, all of whom have been a part of Hamilton since the very beginning.
Hamilton fans lined up outside of the Richard Rodgers Theatre where the show is performed, and watched as the Hamilton cast went in for their last performance. Many stood outside in the rain during and after the performance just to say goodbye, and Lin-Manuel Miranda even poked his head out after the show to say goodbye to fans.
Although fans are all very upset to see Miranda and Odom, Jr. go, many more were sad to see the break-up of the original Schuyler Sisters. Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds), and Soo have dominated the stage as the Schuyler Sisters. Their harmonies were perfect, their sass was unparalleled, and the love between them was evident on and off stage. It’s no surprise then that before they performed on the stage together for the last time they had to do one song just for them (and the fans).
Singing Billy Joel’s “The Longest Time” a cappella, the three came together to sing the song perfectly. On the verge of tears and singing to each other in a way that was so incredibly genuine, it’s hard not to cry while watching the video. It’s clear that Goldsberry, Jones, and Soo, aren’t just actresses that shared the stage together, they’re also a family and although Soo may not be performing with them anymore they’ll always be sisters.
According to People, Broadway newcomer Lexi Lawson will be taking the place of Soo as Eliza Schuyler and alongside her Miranda’s understudy, Javier Muñoz, will be filling the role as Hamilton. Replacing Odom, Jr. as Aaron Burr is Brandon Victor Dixon, who’s currently part of Broadway’s Shuffle Along. These three have big shoes to fill, but there’s no doubt they’re up to the task. Muñoz has already filled in as Hamilton multiple times and this isn’t the first time he replaced Miranda in a show. When Miranda left his role in In the Heights, Muñoz stepped in as well.
As for Miranda, Odom, Jr. and Soo, this definitely won’t be the last we see of them. Miranda, who seems to be constantly working on a new project, will be stepping into his biggest onscreen role as a street lamplighter named Jack in Disney’s Mary Poppins Returns, alongside Emily Blunt. He’s also writing the score for the new Disney animated film, Moana, and the movie rights for his musical, In The Heights, was recently picked up by The Weinstein Co.
Meanwhile, Odom, Jr. is pursuing his jazz career, and released his first self-titled album, Leslie Odom Jr., in June. According to People, Odom, Jr. will be promoting the album in concert, beginning with a signing and performance on Monday night.
As for Soo, she’ll be back on Broadway in the spring, starring in the title role of the musical adaptation of the film, Amélie, and according to Playbill, Soo will also be providing her voice as one of the characters in Moana.
Although Miranda, Odom, Jr., and Soo will be sorely missed from Hamilton there’s no doubt the show will continue to do well, receiving the same level of success it has been. No matter what happens next for these three one thing is clear: the world will remember their story.
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