Many company members will see their contracts for the show expire on July 9, and who will stay and who will renew is mostly up in the air. Like Lin-Manuel Miranda, Phillipa Soo has been with the show since it debuted in February of 2015 at the Public. Also like him, she’s outta there.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Soo has her sights set on a television and film career, a difficult leap for many Broadway actors to make:
Few shows — coupled with a hit cast recording — have ever boosted the profiles of its performers as much as this one, and not just for its leads. Pretty much all of Hamilton’s principal cast members now have personal publicists and are turning up on daytime and late-night talk shows, a rarity for “theater actors.” The last show to have this kind of impact was probably Rent, roughly 20 years ago.
In Hamilton, Soo plays Alexander Hamilton’s wife Eliza, a role that won her a nomination for best actress in a musical at this year’s Tony Awards. She has already been cast in Disney’s upcoming animated film Moana, which also features song writing by Manuel. Though fans of the show will probably disagree, it sounds like Soo is successfully moving on to bigger things.
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