Lin-Manuel Miranda’s heavy workload may have finally caught up with him. On top of juggling the leading role in Hamilton – the hip-hop retelling of Alexander Hamilton’s life – on Broadway, he’s also worked on the score for Disney’s Moana, helped his buddy J.J. Abrams compose a new cantina song for Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and written a book inspired by his play. But life keeps getting busier for the habitual award winner, and with his contract set to expire soon, he’s expected to walk away from the show, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Sources told THR that Miranda will pursue other opportunities, including a starring role in Disney’s sequel to Mary Poppins, and another possible musical. Miranda first got the idea for the hit Broadway show while vacationing in Mexico in 2008. He brought Ron Chernow’s Alexander Hamilton along for some beach reading, and though it sparked an idea back then, the show didn’t make its debut until January 2015 at New York’s Public Theater.
Miranda is expected to leave after the July 9 performance – nearly a month after the Tony Awards, where the show has earned a record 16 nominations. Since the show will likely dominate the 2016 Tony’s and Miranda as Hamilton is a draw for some people, it wouldn’t be surprising if it just became even harder to score tickets to the show. If that’s even possible.