With a wave to the crowd and a bow to the audience, Lin-Manuel Miranda said good-bye to the “Hamilton” stage.
Alongside two other departing stars – Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo, the Boricua artist took a solo bow at the Richard Rodgers Theater with his hand to his heart before actor Christopher Jackson pushed him to the lib of the stage to receive the full blessings from the audience. Nothing was said.
The cast left after a few minutes to the theme from the TV series “West Wing,” an apparently presidential choice.
Miranda, who cut his hair soon after curtain call, gave no interviews to press on Saturday night. His family said he wanted to celebrate his last show with his friends.
His father Luis Miranda told Fox News Latino that the journey of “Hamilton” has been a blessing that goes much farther than his son or the stage.
“Quite frankly, the most important thing that I see in this entire journey, it’s the amount of young kids that are learning the history of our nation,” he said. “Lin-Manuel gets tweeted ‘hey today is the anniversary of the battle of Yorktown.’ That didn’t exist before. He has made American history cool. I believe that alone – to recover history for young people – is just amazing.”
Luz Towns-Miranda, Lin-Manuel’s mother, told FNL that the audience at Saturday night’s show was “beside themselves” watching her son and that it was clear the cast was enjoying themselves on stage. However, she is excited that her son will finally get some rest.
“When he rests, he gets his creative juices flowing and then he can develop so much more wonderful things,” she said. “This (journey) has been something that we could never have imagined…It’s something beyond his own dreams.”
Among those in attendance were U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, Jennifer Lopez and boyfriend Casper Smart, Jane Fonda, Rosie O’Donnell, Spike Lee, Charlie Rose and Mariska Hargitay.
Rose called it “a majestic moment in the history of theater” and historian Ron Chernow, who supplied the Hamilton biography that Miranda transformed into a musical, seemed still stunned by the course of events.
“Well, I think it’s safe to say that when I was writing the book I never imagined that it would be turned into a musical, much less a hip-hop musical, much less this extraordinary hip-hop musical,” he said. “The show has such universal appeal, it really delights me how he’s taken the book and really amplified it and appealed to such a mass audience. It’s just astounding.”
Afterward, Miranda appeared waving on the balcony outside the theater under an umbrella and also opened a window to say thank you to the crowds standing in the pouring rain outside.
The show, naturally, was interrupted numerous times by standing ovations, including ones for Miranda’s opening song, Odom’s “The Room Where It Happens” and Jackson’s “One Last Time.” Rory O’Malley, who plays King George III, broke character to blow a kiss to Odom during his last song. The 1,320-seat theater was completely filled, with patrons sitting on the stairs and standing in the back to witness theatrical history.
Soo will next lead a musical stage version of the film “Amelie” that hopes to land on Broadway in 2017. Odom wants to focus on his music and has a four-CD deal with S-Curve Records. Miranda will next star opposite Emily Blunt in Disney’s sequel to “Mary Poppins” and he wrote music for the upcoming “Moana,” an animated film with a Polynesian princess at its heart.
On Friday, Miranda also released a new single “Love Made the World Go Round” in honor of the Orlando shooting victims.
Luis Miranda told FNL that the family has gotten used to this “new normal” with so many projects and said he is so proud that his son has remained the “kid he has always been.”
“Hamilton” has already survived the loss of original cast member Jonathan Groff and other key actors are staying, including Tony-winners Daveed Diggs, who plays both the Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson, and Renee Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler, as well as Tony-nominee Jackson as George Washington.
“Hamilton,” which won 11 Tony Awards last month, has been praised by politicians and rap stars, influenced the debate over the nation’s currency and burst through the Broadway bubble like none other.
This year, it has won the Pulitzer Prize for drama, a Grammy, the Edward M. Kennedy Prize for Drama Inspired by American History and Miranda earned a MacArthur Foundation “genius” grant.
A Chicago production of “Hamilton” will open this fall and a touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in 2017 before moving to Los Angeles. A London production is slated for 2017.