EDITED: Sorry, the original video I had linked to was taken down between the time I typed up this post and the time it was published. I have replaced the faulty link with the official Grammys video. I have also been able to add Lin-Manuel’s acceptance speech. Please let us know if you have any trouble with either video.
The Hamilton cast opened the Grammy Awards via satellite from their home base, the Richard Rodgers Theater in NYC. This was the first time in five years that a Broadway number was performed at the Grammys. To top it all off, Hamilton won the Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album and Lin-Manuel Miranda rapped his acceptance speech!
Prepare yourself Hamilton stans everywhere. The cast of the most coveted ticket on Broadway is going to perform the opening number at the Grammy awards.
The Hamilton cast will perform live from their home at the Richard Rodgers Theater on the Great White Way in NYC while the rest of the show will broadcast from LA. I think this shows you just how badly the Grammys wanted to grab onto the coattails of the musical phenomenon. I don’t normally watch the Grammys, but I will be watching the opening number!
PBS’s has announced that their Great Performances anthology series will air RadicalMedia’s Hamilton’s America this fall. The documentary is a behind-the-scenes look at making the Broadway smash. It follows creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda and his team as they went about bringing Hamilton to the masses. Apparently it will also show scenes from the impossible-to-get-tickets-to play.
Lin-Manuel had this to say:
“On behalf of the entire ‘Hamilton’ cast and creative team, many of whom are ‘In The Heights’ alumni, we are overjoyed to be returning to PBS in partnership with RadicalMedia with this project. We invited filmmaker Alex Horwitz into ‘the room where it happened’ a few years ago, and he’s captured parts of this journey no one has seen. We can’t wait to share it, thanks to PBS.”
In my real life (yes I have one) my hubby has a degree in theater, so needless to say we have a lot of theater nerd friends. I have never in all the years I have hanging out with this bunch seen more excitement over a play than I have for Hamilton. I feel I must acknowledge that not everyone is a fan, a lot of people feel Lin-Manuel would be better off putting his talents to work on a story that is about POC, and not sticking POC in as place holders for white slave owners. But with that said, Hamilton has really helped to diversify Broadway and I’m excited to see it get even more attention and more audience.
Recently I have noticed a very pleasing tread while perusing entertainment pages for this blog, it seems that now is a very good time for a POC to be in theater.
Exhibit A: Hamilton, the hip-hop version of the founding of our country. It’s the hottest ticket on Broadway. The critics are drooling over it in way that is almost embarrassing and the creator Lin-Manuel Miranda has a MacArthur Genius award gracing his mantle and his bank account.
Exhibit B: The Color Purple starring Jennifer Hudson and Cynthia Ervio will open soon on Broadway. This is bound to be yet another flaming hot ticket. I’m including Jennifer and Cynthia singing the title song here because I love you all and I want you to have nice things.
The hip-hop revolutionary war play (now there’s s sentence I never thought I would type!) Hamilton has been tearing it up on Broadway. It’s getting rave reviews and tickets are impossible to get. Even the President and FLOTUS have seen the play. So how do us mere mortals get to see the hottest property on Broadway? Especially if you’re like me and live on the other freaking side of the country?
According to Vulture, Lin-Manuel Miranda, the creator and star, wants to film Hamilton. Apparently nothing has been decided, but he does want to film it before the original cast moves on to other projects. Which means he needs to film it pretty darn soon. However he will be dropping a mixtape soon, featuring a rap battle about slavery.
I think I speak for all theater nerds outside of New York when I say “Make it so!’ and “SQUEEEEEEEEE!”