Will Javier Munoz Take Over in HAMILTON When Lin-Manuel Miranda Departs in July?
As BroadwayWorld previously reported, HAMILTON leading man Lin-Manuel Miranda will be exiting the show at the end of July to focus on his upcoming projects, including the starring role in Disney's MARY POPPINS opposite Emily Blunt. Last week, Miranda told CBS This Morning, "Everyone's contracted for a year and everyone has the option to re-up and we'll see where we'll land."
Now according to a Heatstreet report, he will be replaced by his current alternate, Javier Muñoz, who steps in for Miranda on Sunday matinees. Muñoz revealed a cancer diagnosis earlier this spring and underwent surgery and radiation treatment.
"I was diagnosed in October," Muñoz shares with The Post. "I spent about six weeks not wanting to think about it, face, it, deal with it." While the actor declined to say which specific cancer he was diagnosed with, he revealed, "I had never felt fear before like this in my life."
Commenting on Muñoz's potential promotion, HAMILTON producer Jeffrey Seller tells BroadwayWorld, "We have nothing to report about our actors' contracts. When we have news, we will report it."
The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs (Marquis De Lafayette, Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler), Christopher Jackson (George Washington), Rory O'Malley (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan (Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr), Anthony Ramos (John Laurens, PhilipHamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).
HAMILTON is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant AlexanderHamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers and shot to death by Aaron Burr in their legendary duel.