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'Hamilton's' Lin-Manuel Miranda 'sobbing' over Obama's decision to commute Oscar Lopez Rivera's sentence

Actor and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, right, gets a hug from cast mate Christopher Jackson during his final performance curtain call at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in New York.

Actor and "Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, right, gets a hug from cast mate Christopher Jackson during his final performance curtain call at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Saturday, July 9, 2016, in New York.  (AP)

"Hamilton" creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was brought to tears by President Obama's decision to commute the sentence of Oscar Lopez Rivera.

"Sobbing with gratitude here in London," Miranda wrote on Twitter. He was so moved he agreed to play Alexander Hamilton at a Chicago performance of "Hamilton" in honor of Obama's decision.

Lopez Rivera, who grew up in Chicago, was convicted of seditious conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government in 1981 while leading the Puerto Rican independence group FALN. The group bombed buildings in the 1970s. With Obama's action Tuesday, he is slated to be released May 17.

Miranda, who is of Puerto Rican descent, tweeted he "wished he was with every Puerto Rican in Chicago right now."

Miranda last played the title role in New York In July 2016. "Hamilton" opened in October in Chicago, led by Miguel Cervantes.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.