The story of tonight is all about Hamilton.
Saturday marks the final time creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr., and Tony nominee Phillipa Soo will take the stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York to perform in the Tony-winning musical. And to celebrate their departure, the official Hamilton YouTube channel released a tribute video to the original cast.
Set to “The Story of Tonight,” the 90-second clip package includes highlights from the show’s last year, including the cast’s trip to the White House, its wins at the Tony Awards last month, and the daily #Ham4Ham celebrations outside the theater. “The cast, it’s such a good group of people, and we all have fun. Even though we’ve been doing it, some of us, for over a year now, we come to work and it’s like, ‘Oh, I love you,'” cast member Okieriete Onaodowan, who plays Hercules Mulligan and James Madison in the show, says in the video.
Earlier in the day, Miranda, Odom, and Soo said goodbye to fans and the show on social media. Odom dedicated his final two performances to Alton Sterling, Philandro Castile, the Dallas police officers who were shot and killed this week, and the victims of last month’s mass shooting at an Orlando, Florida gay nightclub.
“For me, today is for Alton, & his children, & the struggle. For Orlando, & Philando, & the slain officers in Dallas. The most profound legacy of [Hamilton] will be that it has set a table for strangers to connect, to have meaningful conversations,” Odom, who starred as Aaron Burr in the musical, wrote.
Soo, who played Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza, wrote, “Thanks to all for the love and support the past two years. I will cherish Hamilton and everyone the [Richard Rodgers] Theatre. Til next time, folks!”
Watch the tribute video to the original cast below.