The world turned upside down on Saturday night, as four original cast members from Hamilton, including star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, said goodbye to the breakout musical.
The final curtain call for Miranda and stars Leslie Odom, Jr. and Phillipa Soo, as well as ensemble member Ariana DeBose, was broadcast via Facebook Live on Saturday night, allowing fans to see the actors’ final farewell on stage at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York.
As the crowd gave the cast a standing ovation, the four departing actors hit center stage and bowed to fans. Then, as the orchestra played the theme from The West Wing, Miranda himself grabbed the spotlight alone, and nodded to the audience one last time.
“It’s been a bit of a day. Wits intact. Love you. Good night,” Miranda, who played Alexander Hamilton in the Tony Award-winning musical, wrote on Twitter after the show. He’ll be replaced in Hamilton by Javier Muñoz, Miranda’s alternate, starting July 11.
The Facebook Live event capped off a day of Hamilton tributes and celebrations. Miranda started things off by tweeting, “Good morning! Have your wits about you, it promises to be a bit of a day. (Carry extra wits in case you lose ‘em, that’s what I do).” He later posted a screenshot of a throwback Facebook status from five years prior, when he was writing Hamilton, as well as a GIF of fellow exiting actors Odom and Soo with a reference to the musical’s penultimate song, “The World Was Wide Enough.”
Elsewhere, Odom dedicated his final two performances, both the Saturday night show and the afternoon matinee, to Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, the five police officers killed in Dallas this week, and the victims of the Orlando, Florida gay nightclub massacre last month.
Prior to Miranda and company taking the stage on Saturday, the official Hamilton YouTube account also released a tribute video to the original cast set to “The Story of Tonight.”
Watch the final curtain call below.