About time! Lin-Manuel Miranda is finally saying he’s sorry for never once mentioning ‘Hamilton’s setting of Philadelphia in his Broadway smash. Keep reading for how he paid tribute to the great things the city has given us, in addition being the home to his play!
Lin-Manuel Miranda, 36, is giving major props to Philly and in the process, apologizing for not showing the city any love throughout his Pulitzer Prize winning,Tony-nominated Broadway smash Hamilton. He used his keynote speaker position during the University of Pennsylvania’s May 15 graduation ceremony to give a shout out to the City of Brotherly love!
Lin opened his address by saying “I begin with an apology. I am the writer of Hamilton, an American musical. Every word in the show – and there are over 22,00o words in the show – were put in a really specific order by me. Though I am painfully aware that neither Philly or the great state of Pennsylvania is mentioned.”
He went on to describe all the great historical things in his play that happened in Philadelphia, but went unsaid. He also added how Alexander Hamilton basically traded away Philly as the U.S. capital to Washington D.C., and maybe that wasn’t such a bad thing.
“As the guy who plays Hamilton every night, let me get into character for a moment and say, ‘My bad, Philadelphia,’” Lin-Manuel said. “But take the long view, Motown Philly. Who really won that deal in the end? D.C. is synonymous with institutional dysfunction, partisan in-fighting, and political gridlock,” he told the soon-to-be grads.
Scroll through to the 2:31:11 mark to hear Lin-Manuel’s entire speech:
“You are known as the birthplace of Louisa May Alcott, Rocky Balboa, Boyz II Men, Betsy Ross, Will Smith, Isaac Asimov, Tina Fey, cheesesteaks…You win, Philly. You win every time,” Lin added, to a rousing round of applause from the audience. Not only was it a big day for the grads, it was huge for Lin-Manuel as well, as the university bestowed him with an honorary Doctorate of the Arts degree. So call him Dr. Miranda from now on!
HollywoodLifers, have any of you gone to see Hamilton?