“Hamilton” stars Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo took their emotional final curtain calls in the Broadway smash on Saturday night.
There were calls of “speech” from the crowd but Miranda didn’t speak in the moment, choosing to bow to the audience and salute his fellow cast members. Christopher Jackson, who plays George Washington in the musical, pushed Miranda back out in front of the company twice to take additional solo bows. Miranda held his hand over his heart and eventually walked off stage with his arm around Soo.
Among the notables who were in the audience at the Richard Rodgers Theatre for the trio’s final performance were Secretary of State John Kerry, “CBS This Morning” anchor Charlie Rose, director Spike Lee and actors Aaron Paul, Jane Fonda, Mariska Hargitay, Jennifer Lopez, Ed Norton, Rosie O’Donnell and Kyra Sedgwick. The curtain call for the show was streamed live via “Hamilton’s” Facebook page.
Just 15 minutes after his exit, Miranda sent a Twitter message suggesting that the show will continue to thrive without him in the title role.
Earlier in the day, to commemorate their last performance Miranda, Soo and Odom shared goodbyes on social media.
Miranda, the Tony award-winning Broadway musical’s creator and star, shared a note he wrote while composing “Hamilton” with the caption, “An FB status update from 5 years ago today.”
Soo tweeted, “Thanks to all for the love and support the past 2 yrs. I will cherish #Hamilton and everyone at the RR Theatre. Til next time, folks!”
Odom Jr. dedicated his performance to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile and the police officers killed in Dallas.
“For me, today is for Alton, & his children, & the struggle. For Orlando, & Philando, & the slain officers in Dallas… #BlackLivesMatter,” he wrote. “The most profound legacy of #HamiltonBway will be that it has set a table for strangers to connect, to have meaningful conversations.”
“#HamiltonBway has been our common ground. I am excited and cautiously optimistic for a real and lasting spiritual awakening amongst us,” he added. “May the conversation continue. I’ll see you out here in these streets. Onward. We have work to do. ️Love. Forever.”
Post-“Hamilton,” Miranda is set to star opposite Emily Blunt in “Mary Poppins Returns,” and has been contributing music to Disney’s “Moana.” After tonight, Javier Munoz will step in as the musical’s lead. Munoz was previously Miranda’s alternate.
Watch a tribute video posted on the “Hamilton” Facebook page: