Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of ‘Hamilton’ have once again proved their ability to win at tributes, Broadway and, well, life. They performed a bloody homage to ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, successfully blowing us all away. Take a break and take a look!
Hamilton served up the best pies in Manhattan on April 26 and we are here for it. The cast changed the lyrics of the opening number, “Alexander Hamilton, from Lin-Manuel Miranda‘s hit musical, to tell demon barber Sweeney Todd‘s story instead. It totally worked. WATCH here!
Lin and Co. obviously nailed the performance, and there’s an impressive amount of choreography involved considering the short time they had to prepare. Here’s a sample of the lyrics:
How does a master’s gore-filled sumptuous score
And a plot skimmed hot from a British novel
Involving a convict, hopped up on conflict
Washed up in London harbor
Grow up to be a bloody demon barber?
Demon barber Sweeney Todd
I am the demon barber Sweeney Todd
Indeed, I serve a dark and vengeful God
But the work… waits…
This awesome homage took place at the 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, where Broadway casts perform musical tributes like this one. The competition marks the end of a six-week fundraising streak for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, and $5.5 million was raised this year!
The Hamilton cast also paid tribute to the late icon Prince last week at the end of a performance by having a dance party to “Let’s Go Crazy” on stage. Lin said, “Rest in peace, Prince,” and the house band played the song as the cast broke out into a wild dance party on stage. Amazing!
HollywoodLifers, on a scale of 10, how epic is this performance?