Phillipa Soo, seen here with Lin-Manuel Miranda, gets the very last moment in Hamilton.
Warning: spoilers ahead for Hamilton.
Fans who knew Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop musicalonly from his cast recording can the film version have been surprised by his last seconds . In the last scene, Alexander Hamilton's widow, Eliza (Phillipa Soo), sings 50 years after his death. During this time, she founded an orphanage, raised funds for the Washington Monument, and tried to promote her husband's legacy. Then, in the last moments of the show, she looks directly at the audience and gasps, and the stage goes black.
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Wheezing is an unusual way to end the show, and fans have discussed its meaning. Some say it means that Eliza has died and is seeing her late husband again. Others say she sees the audience and realizes that her husband's legacy has been preserved.
Miranda weighed himself on Wednesday. The playwright replied to a fan theory that Miranda, who plays Alexander Hamilton and steps behind Eliza, has transformed back into herself as the creator of the show.
"He takes Eliza's hand and lets her know it's okay to go," says TikTok user Mallory Ellis in a video that has been tweeted and brought to the attention of Miranda. "She breaks the fourth wall, she sees that he told her story. BOOM! That's why I'm crying, people."
Miranda liked the idea, but points out that the theory falls apart when other actors take on Hamilton's role.
"It's a nice idea," he admits in the tweet and continues, "wheezing is wheezing is wheezing. I love all interpretations."
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It's a nice idea (thanks @malloryannellis), but it breaks down the moment I don't play the part (as I wish you could see @JMunozActor or @JonRua, who also played Ham in that first year! )
The panting is the panting is the panting. I love all interpretations. ❤️ https://t.co/Khp8CAtTXT
– Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel), July 8, 2020
Last week, the Hamilton cast answered questions from Wired magazine, and Miranda again refused to set a meaning.
"I think it's different for every Eliza," he said. "I think that in some way it crosses time whether what she sees is Hamilton, what she sees is heaven, what she sees is now the world. I think that are all valid and all fair. "
The actress Phillippa Soo, who founded the role of Eliza and plays it in the filmed version, spoke about the end in an interview in 2016.
"People say," Is Eliza going to heaven? Does she see Alexander? Does she see God? What is that? "Soo said in an interview. "And it's kind of all these things."
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