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'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda confirms he's leaving the show July 9

"Hamilton" creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda confirmed Thursday, June 16, 2016, that he is leaving his show this summer. Here, Miranda and the "Hamilton" cast perform at the Tony Awards in Manhattan on Sunday, June 12, 2016, where the production won 11 Tonys. Credit: AP/ Evan Agostini

Javier Muñoz, the longtime alternate for “Hamilton” creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda, will take over the title role of Alexander Hamilton on Monday, July 11, following Miranda’s last performance two days earlier.

“Hamilton: An American Musical” producer Jeffrey Seller said Thursday that an alternate for Muñoz, who has substituted for Miranda one performance a week, will be announced at a later date.

East New York, Brooklyn, native Muñoz previously had been Miranda’s alternate in the role of Usnavi in both the 2007 Off-Broadway and the 2008 Broadway productions of the Tony Award-winning best musical “In the Heights.” He succeeded Miranda in the part in February 2009.

On his Facebook page Thursday, Muñoz posted a message from Miranda that said, “When Javi does the show, you really see the show in all of its colors. I can’t overstress it — we created the role together. In the rehearsal room, as I was writing, he would tag in, I would tag in. We would do every scene with me in the role and him in the role, and that’s how we kicked the tires on ‘Hamilton.’ It really took two people to make it work.”

In a separate post Thursday, Muñoz wrote, “Limitless gratitude for the countless ways my life is made better by you and with you in it, Lin.”

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