With possibly the loudest cheers of the evening, Hamilton was introduced by rapper Common. Lin-Manuel Miranda and the company of Hamilton took the stage with a warning for Hamilton himself, “History has it’s eyes on you.” Then, the Battle of Yorktown.
As Lin sings and raps his way through the battle, the company around him dances in a rhythm meant to look as if they are in battle. Hamilton leads his troops through battle while performing “The World Turned Upside Down,” and although they haven’t quite yet achieved freedom, they celebrate their battle win right through to the end.
Oh, and quite possibly the coolest part of the performance? It came complete with a message from the President of the United States. Yes, Barack Obama, along with his wife, Michelle, spoke about the first time they met Lin and how he let them in on the history telling musical he was working on. Barack joked that they laughed at the idea the first time but then added, “Who’s laughing now?” So true!
As HollywoodLife.com previously reported, the cast of Hamilton announced before taking the stage that they wouldn’t be using their muskets. This is due to the horrific shooting in Orlando less than 24 hours beforehand, that left 50 dead and even more than that injured.
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