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

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

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