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‘Hamilton’ cast headed to the White House

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PHOTO MOVED IN ADVANCE AND NOT FOR USE - ONLINE OR IN PRINT - BEFORE AUG. 16, 2015. -- Lin-Manuel Miranda in the title role of the musical "Hamilton" at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, July 11, 2015. Hip-hop and musical theater seemingly have little overlap, but that is the space in which Miranda lives, the space that birthed ?Hamilton,? which opened last week to some of the strongest reviews in years. (Sara Krulwich/The New York Times)

Tried scoring a ticket to catch the uber-hot “Hamilton” on Broadway? Your options might include selling an organ or waiting for months. A group of students will get to skip the lines with a coveted up-close performance of the Lin-Manuel Miranda-penned musical at the White House on Monday, March 14th. The cast will perform selections from the show and participate in a workshop and Q&A with students.

Hamilton Richard Rodgers Theatre Cast Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander Hamilton Javier Muñoz Alexander Hamilton Alternate Carleigh Bettiol Andrew Chappelle Ariana DeBose Alysha Deslorieux Daveed Diggs Marquis De Lafayette Thomas Jefferson Renee Elise Goldsberry Angelica Schuyler Jonathan Groff King George III Sydney James Harcourt Neil Haskell Sasha Hutchings Christopher Jackson George Washington Thayne Jasperson Jasmine Cephas Jones Peggy Schuyler Maria Reynolds Stephanie Klemons Emmy Raver-Lampman Morgan Marcell Leslie Odom, Jr. Aaron Burr Okieriete Onaodowan Hercules Mulligan James Madison Anthony Ramos John Laurens Phillip Hamilton Jon Rua Austin Smith Phillipa Soo Eliza Hamilton Seth Stewart Betsy Struxness Ephraim Sykes Voltaire Wade-Green Standby: Javier Muñoz (Alexander Hamilton) Production Credits: Thomas Kail (Director) Andy Blankenbuehler (Choreographer) David Korins (Scenic Design) Paul Tazewell (Costume Design) Howell Binkley (Lighting Design) Other Credits: Lyrics by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Music by: Lin-Manuel Miranda Book by Lin-Manuel Miranda

The president has seen the musical twice, and took daughters Sasha and Malia to a Broadway performance last summer. In a video, Miranda explains that the cast is trying out an educational program tied to the show — and promised to share videos shot at 1600 Penn. “You have no idea what’s about to hit you,” Miranda says.”

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 “#Ham4Ham, the joyous, free sidewalk performances outside Hamilton that are stoking the passions of a new generation of theater lovers: “For the past four months, the best show on Broadway has been spilling out into the streets. It started on the night of Hamilton’s first preview. The much-hyped, history-making show was sold out—except for the tickets that are sold via lottery two hours before showtime to lucky day-of visitors. Hours before the first preview was to begin, more than 700 fans showed up hoping to enter that ticket lottery—a pre-show turnout of the sort that hadn’t been seen since the closing night of Rent….

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton’s composer, lyricist, and star, seems to have a special place in his heart for lotteries and against-all-odds stories. His first musical, In the Heights, centered around what happens to the neighborhood of Washington Heights when the owner of a small bodega (played in the show’s original run by Miranda) discovers that he sold a winning lottery ticket worth $96,000. His newest musical tells another improbable success story, about “the founding father without a father” who went from orphaned immigrant to George Washington’s right-hand man. So perhaps it’s no surprise that Miranda responded to this extraordinary turnout of fans hoping for lightning to strike: Caught by surprise and moved by the crowd, he came out the stage doors onto 46th Street to give a short speech to the crowd. The afternoon of the next show, on Tuesday, July 15, Miranda made theater history all over again, inaugurating what could be a new Broadway tradition with the first official #Ham4Ham performance. Now, a couple of times a week, even those Broadway fans who can’t see Hamilton—because they didn’t win the lottery, or because they live far away from New York—get a special show just for them, in person or on the Internet…continued”

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Opening night of the Broadway musical 'Hamilton' at the Richard Rodgers Theatre - Curtain Call Featuring: Okieriete Onaodowan, Jon Rua, Leslie Odom Jr, Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Anthony Ramos, Ariana DeBose Where: New York City, New York, United States When: 06 Aug 2015 Credit: Joseph Marzullo/WENN.com

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Lin-Manuel Miranda Performs at the White House Poetry Jam: a preview of ‘Hamilton’ & comes full circle from May 12, 2009

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39 Responses to “‘Hamilton’ cast headed to the White House”


  1. 1 desertflower
    March 13, 2016 at 10:13 pm

    GLORIOUS!!!

  2. March 13, 2016 at 10:18 pm

    Don’t we all wish we could go? Congrats on your first, DF!

  3. March 13, 2016 at 10:31 pm

    If Americans could only appreciate the incredible things that have happened in the Obama White House. We do. We know. We will never forget!

  4. March 13, 2016 at 10:43 pm

    Hooray for you DesertFlower! You have FlowerPower! Greetings Superhero Judith Fardig! Glorious indeed. You said it, Judith. All the deep, powerful goodness they have created and shared, Our First Family, has touched so many people, rippling out from those present to those whose lives touch theirs — nothing can undo the goodness greatness healing and truth-telling they have done. And are STILL DOING! We continue to be blessed.

  5. 9 arapaho415
    March 13, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    GE TODville.

    Slow day here, which is nice for those of us who are hopelessly behind here — know we’re all gearing up for Easter Week, such an historic and exciting trip to Cuba and Argentina.

    Of course PBO will be amazing, but am looking forward with eager anticipation to see FLOTUS’ reception in both countries. What forces of nature they both are, so grateful and filled with admiration that they represent America on the world stage.

    Mentioned this on the Early Bird thread, but it’s so refreshing to see this kind of info on Twitter:

    And this hits directly at GOP/MSM talking points — MSM’s “tough” questioning about ACA has to do with premium increases, which as anyone who had health insurance before ACA knows *always* went up every year.

  6. 12 vcprezofan2
    March 13, 2016 at 10:54 pm

    Cool compilation, LPlains. 😎 Thank you.

  7. March 13, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    What a wonderful treat! Great cast.

  8. 17 hopefruit2
    March 13, 2016 at 11:47 pm

  9. 18 carolyn
    March 13, 2016 at 11:56 pm

    It’s the second week of our PBS station fundraiser, and tonight is more of the American Songbook. The last half hour has been a documentary on the Carpenters. I’d forgotten how much I’d loved their songs…..Close to You, We’ve only Just Begun, On Top of the World……they had a great sound. Her voice had a mysterious, intimate quality, and he was a musician par excellence. They were the soundtrack to my children’s babyhood and early childhood.

    I used to sing Close to You to my daughter when she was a baby……always loved that song. They had so many hits, it’s easy to forget . As you can tell, I’m thoroughly enjoying this, and wallowing in nostalgia.

    • 19 mtmarilyn
      March 14, 2016 at 12:28 am

      I have been watching those programs too. We had all 3 of those songs played at our wedding. I was so heartbroken when Karen died. We hadn’t heard of her disease before. What a lose.

  10. 20 MightyPamela
    March 14, 2016 at 12:10 am

    Fabulous post, LP, thank you, this looks to be one of the record breaking longest Broadway running shows. Hope I get to see it one day!

    POTUS: “I see Donald Trump is here, still”. Remember last year at the WHCD, mofo went off his nut at the truth of that comment, and will never, ever get over it. What the eff was he doing there anyway, not even a ‘journalist’? Pathetic, beyond pathetic. And that is all I have to say on the topic. Goodnight, TOD, big hugs all around! ❤

  11. 21 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2016 at 12:23 am

  12. 26 vcprezofan2
    March 14, 2016 at 12:47 am

    Bonne nuit. Buenas noches. etc. etc. After literally spending an entire day on site (in between constant flashes that my hard drive had a problem) I’m heading to bed.

    BTW, @Interior folks, I hadn’t forgotten the recap; there wasn’t any for this week and I’m not sure why as there was no holiday. Anyhoo, they’ll likely be back on track next week.

    Sweet dreams!

    • 28 jacquelineoboomer
      March 14, 2016 at 1:31 am

      I loved that. Wouldn’t it be great if these Vets and more and more across the country really helped tramp down Trump?

      Like the way they also gave credit to the Black Lives Matter protesters for their bravery – because, as one Vet put it, paraphrasing, “these rallies can be intimidating, and I’m a combat veteran!”

      • 29 carla4obama
        March 14, 2016 at 3:58 am

        Time at 1:03 is sad…a combat vet yelled at and told to “Go Home”….and he fought for their right to treat him with such disrespect. Glad to see the anti-hate speech from all corners coming together…that is a force that I hope will continue to grow!

    • 31 globalcitizenlinda
      March 14, 2016 at 6:52 am

      great thanks for sharing;

      I am ready to share this message with another – any tweets of this

  13. 32 jacquelineoboomer
    March 14, 2016 at 1:33 am

    Goodnight, all. Happy Pi Day!

  14. 33 SUEDUVALLSMITH
    March 14, 2016 at 8:05 am

    COULDN’T WAIT TO SHARE THIS ONE………………………………HAVE A BLESSED DAY ALL………………….WILL CATCH UP LATER!

  15. March 14, 2016 at 8:25 am

    Good morning TOD 🙂

    #TrustBarack …. he’s a Champion of #LetGirlsLearn …

  16. March 14, 2016 at 8:28 am

    Happy pi Day everyone 🙂

    bbl …

  17. March 14, 2016 at 8:43 am

    Thanks a trazillion for the wonderful post, LP!!!!

    Mooooooorning everyone!

    http://theobamadiary.com/2016/03/14/early-bird-chat-692/

  18. 39 Ann_T
    March 14, 2016 at 8:48 am

    Good Morning all. I would love to see Hamilton someday.


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