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Meet The Man Replacing Lin-Manuel Miranda In 'Hamilton'

Young? ✔️ Scrappy? ✔️ Hungry? ✔️

History has its eyes on you, Javier Muñoz.

On Thursday, "Hamilton" maestro Lin-Manuel Miranda announced that July 9 will mark his final performance (for the time being) as the titular founding father in the stage production, reports The Associated Press. Miranda originated the role in 2015 at the Public Theater, before the musical transitioned to Broadway to become an international phenomenon, earning a slew of Tonys in the process. 

Replacing Miranda is his "Hamilton" alternate, Muñoz, who plays the lead role twice a week at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. Muñoz also took the reins from Miranda when he departed his first production, "In the Heights." 

He will begin regularly playing Alexander Hamilton on July 9. 

But fear not Hamiltonians! Miranda made sure to emphasize that just because he's taking some time off, it doesn't mean he's throwing away his shot. 

"I think this is a role I'm going to be going back to again and again. I plan to revisit this role a lot," he said, according to USA Today

Miranda played coy, however, when asked whether the rest of the cast plans to stay on after his departure, telling reporters that he "wouldn't begrudge anyone who moved on" and  "wouldn't begrudge anyone who chose to say."

The five-time Tony award winner went on clear up some confusion about the shake-up on Twitter Thursday morning in his signature poetic style. In seven tweets, he broke down what fans of the musical can expect for the future and urged everyone to keep calm and "Ham" on.

Read his tweets below: 

Understood? 

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