We knew they’d blow us all away, and last night at the Grammy’s the cast of the Broadway sensation Hamilton did just that. In the midst of a show sparkling with modern music’s biggest stars, from Kendrick Lamar to Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift, Lin-Manuel Miranda and his Hamilton co-stars did not throw away their shot, performing the musical’s opening number via live telecast from their New York City home, the Richard Rodgers Theater.
Oh to be in the room where it happened.
For the millions of us who have been religiously listening to the soundtrack on a loop for months, this performance was a double-edged sword. One one hand, it was wonderful, giving us a coveted look at the stage show we’ve been obsessed with sight unseen. On the other hand, Monday night’s events means it just got even harder to get Hamilton tickets.
In case you missed this stupendous performance, or its posting in Genevieve’s lively liveblog of the Grammys, here is “Alexander Hamilton.”
But that wasn’t the biggest moment for Miranda and his Hamilton family.
Minutes later, the Best Musical Theater Album category came up. And the hip-hop history lesson about the ten-dollar founding father who was an immigrant, bastard, orphan son of a whore and a Scotsman, won big. And—as per tradition established when Miranda was winning accolades for In The Heights—he rapped a totally charming acceptance speech.
Just like that, Google blew up with the question “Who is Alexander Hamilton?”
And Twitter blew up with Hamilfans rejoicing.
"what's your name, man?" "alexander hamilton" AND THEY HAD TO PAUSE BECAUSE EVERYONE WAS CHEERING SO LOUD… i burst into tears #Ham4Gram— adri (๑و•̀ω•́)و (@felandaris) February 16, 2016
GENIE: i can grant u three wishes— jomny sun (@jonnysun) February 16, 2016
ALADDIN: can i hav three tickets to hamilton
GENIE: [starts sweatig]
But of course, the best, most heartwarming came from Miranda himself.
And now we go back to wait for it, wait for it until we can go ourselves. Or at least until the inevitable Tony performance, right?
Kristy Puchko lives in
perpetual fear that she’ll never win Hamilton’s digital ticket lottery New York City.