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#Javilton mania strikes Broadway as Javier Muñoz replaces Lin-Manuel Miranda as lead in "Hamilton"

The excitement around Miranda's former understudy taking on the role rivals that around the show itself


Scott Eric Kaufman
July 12, 2016 5:11PM (UTC)

Those who were concerned that the departure of Lin-Manuel Miranda from the sensation he created, "Hamilton," need not have worried, at least not according to those who have already seen -- or are desperately looking forward to seeing -- his replacement Javier Muñoz in action. That's a list that includes President Barack Obama, as well as Jay-Z and Beyoncé -- none of whom left disappointed.

Nor was Miranda himself, watching Muñoz step onto the stage of the Richard Rodgers theater for the first time as his permanent replacement:

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He seemed equally happy with the rest of the new cast:

But Twitter itself was more enthralled by Muñoz's emergence from understudy to lead, even creating the actor his own hashtag -- #Javilton -- which quickly filled up with appreciations from those in attendance and endless speculation about the performance from those not lucky enough to score tickets:

For his part, the man who's known for being "nonstop," well, this morning he "ain't movin'":


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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