It's official: Lin-Manuel Miranda is leaving the titular role in his production of Hamilton in July and will be replaced by long-time alternate Javier Muñoz. According to The New York Times, the actor made the play "sexy on Sundays," the day when he would take Miranda's place during the matinee slot. The duo goes way back to Miranda's In the Heights, and Muñoz even helped Miranda take Hamilton from a mixtape to the blockbuster show it is today. But during the rise of Hamilton's fame Muñoz had a health scare that almost took him out of the game.
Muñoz had been privately dealing with a cancer diagnosis that caused him to miss performances and ultimately have to undergo surgery. The actor spoke out about the ordeal to People in March: "It's a rare thing in my life to find myself face to face with something I'm scared of, and I was scared of this. I had never been more scared in my life." Fortunately, Muñoz opened up about his illness after his surgery and no longer had to go through such a physically and emotionally draining process on his own. One of the friends that was by his side was none other than Orange Is the New Black's Uzo Aduba, a.k.a. Crazy Eyes, on Netflix's hit series.
Muñoz revealed Aduba's role in his recovery by tweeting a photo they took the night of the 2016 Tony Awards along with a sweet caption that read: "Love last night for my dear friend who saw me thru my weeks of radiation treatment . . . ladies and gentlemen @UzoAduba." "@JMunozActor I love you, my love," Aduba replied. This totally warmed our hearts! We hope that we are fortunate enough to have this kind of support from a friend if we were ever to face such a scary situation.
This isn't the first time Muñoz has shown Aduba love on his Twitter account. The actor also shared a photo of them in a Los Angeles production of the musical Venice in 2010:
Truly the epitome of #FriendshipGoals.