Lin-Manuel Miranda takes the ‘Hamilton’ stage one last time


Nearly 2,000 performers lined up along West 26th Street in Chelsea, all looking for their “shot” with the Broadway show “Hamilton.”

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NEW YORK (CNNMoney) — Lin-Manuel Miranda will have to teach himself how to say goodbye as he takes the “Hamilton” stage for the final time Saturday night.

The star and creator of the Broadway smash is set to end his run as Alexander Hamilton Saturday.

It’s the end of an era for the show, which isn’t just losing Miranda.

The cast will also be bidding farewell to Leslie Odom Jr., who won a Tony for his performance as Hamilton’s rival Aaron Burr, and Phillipa Soo, who played Hamilton’s wife Eliza and scored a Tony nomination for it.

Since opening on Broadway last summer, the hip-hop musical about the nation’s first treasury secretary has become a critical and cultural phenomenon.

The show won 11 awards at this year’s Tony Awards, a Pulitzer Prize and a Grammy, and it’s influenced pop culture from clothing lines to politics.

Since its debut on Broadway, tickets to the show have been nearly impossible to obtain.

This was especially true on Saturday, with orchestra seat tickets listed for as much as $9,750 on ticket selling site StubHub.

On Wednesday, Miranda took the opportunity of the show’s ticket lottery and its accompanying “Ham4Ham” mini-show to say goodbye to the horde of fans outside of the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

“You know this whole thing was an accident,” he told the crowd. “When we had our first lottery 700 people showed up, and we didn’t know what to do with all of that, so I just got up and said a few words… and it’s turned into this.”

Miranda then emotionally read a love letter written by the actual Hamilton before singing “Happy Trails” alongside Odom and Soo.

On Saturday morning, Miranda told those on Twitter to prepare themselves for the big day.

“Good morning! Have your wits about you, it promises to be a bit of a day,” he tweeted.

Soo also took to Twitter Saturday morning to thank everyone for their love and support.

“I will cherish #Hamilton,” Soo tweeted. “Til next time, folks!”

After the curtain falls Saturday night, Miranda’s alternate, Javier Munoz, will be taking over the titular role on July 11.

As for Miranda, he will continue his musical career starring in Disney’s “Mary Poppins” sequel alongside Emily Blunt in 2018.

And even though he is saying goodbye on Saturday, the actor has said he may one day return to the 10 dollar founding father.

“I’ve written a role I cannot age out of,” Miranda said after the Tonys. “I feel very lucky that I’ve built something that I can drop in on over and over again.”

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