Unless you’ve been hanging out under rocks, or really out of touch with the live theater scene, you’ll know that Hamilton is the biggest show to hit Broadway this decade. Written and starring Lin-Manuel Miranda, this blend of rap, hiphop, traditional Broadway numbers, and nerdtastic history play has taken the theater world by storm. (Watch for it to walk away with all the Tonys come January.) The musical is, of course, sold out for the next six months and change, but that doesn’t stop those who are hoping to land a seat from hopping into the line for the ticket lottery outside the theaters every night. Miranda has taken to entertaining the crowds while they wait in a series he calls “Ham 4 Ham,” so that even if they don’t get to see him as the titular Hamilton on stage, they can still say they got to see the man who is revolutionizing the Broadway musical perform live.
Last night, he was joined by Lea Salonga, who is starring just down the street in George Takei’s Allegiance, which is a musical based on the Japanese internment that occurred during WWII. Salonga might not be a name you recognize, but you’ll know her voice. In the 1990s, she was the voice of Jasmine from Disney’s Aladdin. Naturally she and Miranda perform the duet from that musical “A Whole New World.” Check it out below.
And for those who want to see Miranda freestyle, he was on The Tonight Show a couple of nights ago, with Jimmy Fallon’s”Wheel of Freestyle.”
Full disclosure the show doesn’t bother with: The Hamilton soundtrack was executive produced by The Roots’ bandleader Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson as well as Miranda’s freestyle opponent in the clip, Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter.
(A side note: You may not be able to get tickets to Hamilton, but the soundtrack is available for download. It’s 46 tracks long, and will take you at least a couple of hours to listen through to whole thing, but it’s so worth it.)