Skip to main content

'Hamilton' creator Lin-Manuel Miranda pulls out of Starkey Gala in St. Paul

A scheduling change forced him to miss the event, organizers say.

Those attending the red carpet for the annual Starkey Hearing Foundation Gala in St. Paul on Sunday will be disappointed to learn a big celebrity name won't be making it.

Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator of Broadway smash "Hamilton," was due to be honored at the So The World May Hear Awards Gala at the RiverCentre.

But the Starkey Foundation confirmed on Friday that due to a sudden scheduling change, the playwright and actor will not be able to make it to the Twin Cities.

"Lin-Manuel Miranda regrets that he cannot attend the gala," the foundation said. "His schedule has changed and it’s impossible for him to come to the Twin Cities." 

The organization will still be partnering up with Miranda on his "EduHam" youth theater program ahead of the arrival of "Hamilton" in the Twin Cities next month.

On FOX 9's "The Jason Show" on Friday, the Starkey Foundation's Tani Austin said the scheduling conflict arose when Disney decided to push up the release of his new movie.

That would be "Mary Poppins," which it was announced earlier this week will be released on December 19 this year, a week earlier than planned.

Miranda takes on the role of Jack the lamplighter, presumably similar to the role of Bert played by Dick Van Dyke in the original film.

The event on Sunday gets underway at 3 p.m. with cocktails and a silent auction, before the dinner and "evening spectacular" at 5 p.m.

Master of ceremonies at this year's event is the comedian Sinbad, with music provided by acts including Alice Cooper and Gloria Gaynor.

Next Up

snow, plow

Tuesday storm to dump plowable snow in Minnesota

Snow should reach the Twin Cities Tuesday morning and fall throughout the day.

Screen Shot 2022-11-28 at 6.57.31 AM

Police: Drunk-driver almost struck people watching parade in Bemidji

The man was arrested for DWI charges following the incident.

police tape

3 at trauma centers in critical condition after rural MN attack

Two victims and the alleged attacker are in critical condition.

grinch neighbor

Neighborhood 'grinch' sends letter to Burnsville family over holiday lights

A Burnsville family's holiday decorations were the subject of an anonymous complaint.


Anthropologie shutters Grand Avenue store, opening planned for Rosedale Center

The popular holiday shopping weekend marked the last for customers of the Grand Avenue store.

hospital, emergency room

Woman found on side of highway after hit-and-run

The 41-year-old was airlifted to a hospital with life-threatening injuries.

Jorden Nicole Borders

Charges: Minnesota woman tortured her kids, removed boy's blood

Warning: This story contains upsetting content.

first snow

Will narrow band of 6+ inches of snow hit Twin Cities Tuesday?

The NWS says a band of 6+ inches is looking likely. It's now a matter of where.


Siblings, ages 19 and 14, killed in crash on icy MN highway

The crash happened around 1:15 a.m. Saturday in Carlton County.

Nicholas Kraus

Man sentenced for fatally striking woman during Uptown protest

Nicholas Kraus, 36, of St. Paul drove into a protest in Uptown last year, killing Deona Marie Knajdek.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Fleeing suspect crashes into vehicle in Woodbury, 2 injured

The crash occurred Friday afternoon after a pursuit with Woodbury police.

Screen Shot 2022-11-26 at 2.34.44 PM

Yes, that's MN native Jenny Taft in a State Farm commercial

Jenny Taft got her broadcasting career started in Minneapolis in 2011.


Bill Clinton, Billy Crystal make surprise appearances at Starkey Gala

It certainly makes up for Lin-Manuel Miranda having to cancel.

Lin manuel miranda

'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda a fan of State Fair crop art entry

The theater and movie star was among the entries featured in the Horticulture building.

It's not Hamilton, but a Lin-Manuel Miranda musical is coming to Minnesota

Before Hamilton took over the world, this Lin-Manuel-Miranda musical won four Tonys.

Hamilton miranda

'Hamilton' to debut on Disney+ 15 months earlier than planned

It had been due for cinematic release, but the COVID-19 pandemic has changed Disney's plans.

'Hamilton' to return as Broadway on Hennepin plans revealed

'Moulin Rouge' and 'Oklahoma!' are among the other shows announced.

St. Paul's Theater Mu fires artistic director after conduct complaints

The Asian-American theater company announced the change on Thursday.