Lin-Manuel Miranda intends to return to his Tony Award-winning musical Hamilton for years to come following his exit over the summer (16).
The creator, writer and star of the box office smash hit, which scored 11 Tony Awards on Sunday night (12Jun16), including Best Musical, is leaving the part of founding father Alexander Hamilton over the summer, with a date yet to be confirmed.
Lin-Manuel has been starring in the role since its off-Broadway debut in February, 2015 and he is adamant Hamilton audiences haven't seen the last of him following his departure.
"This is not the end of anything," Miranda told ETOnline. "I don't know when I'm leaving yet, but I think that I built a house I can come back to any time I want, so I’m really excited about that."
He also told reporters backstage at the Tonys that he will be returning so often to the role of Hamilton people "are going to be so sick of me."
"I have written this character that I cannot age out of," he said, according to EW.com, "I intend to drop in on this thing over and over again... I want to cut to 20 years from now, when you’re like 'Lin, when will you stop playing Hamilton.'"
Lin-Manuel won Tonys for Best Original Score and Best Book of a Musical on Sunday night, while his co-stars Leslie Odom, Jr., Daveed Diggs, and Renee Elise Goldsberry won acting prizes. The show fell just short of the record-breaking number of wins held by The Producers, which won 12 times in 2001.
Lin-Manuel is working on many other projects. He is writing the music for Disney animation Moana, starring alongside Emily Blunt in the Mary Poppins sequel, and producing the movie adaptation of his musical In the Heights.
It was previously reported he would be leaving on 9 July (16), when the contracts for the original cast expire. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his Tony-nominated co-star Phillipa Soo is also exiting the show on that date.