The pre-show outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre has become almost as hot as tickets to Hamilton, playing inside. What began as a free bit of entertainment — dubbed “Ham4Ham” — for the crowd lined up for hours in hopes of scoring $10 lottery tickets to the sold-out show, has become the Broadway version of those downtown clubs where Paul McCartney or Sting or Jerry Seinfeld might show up, unannounced, to test new material or just hang out. In addition to support from the Hamilton cast, stars from other shows in the nabe have been strutting their stuff as well.
In this weekend’s edition, cast member Renee Elise Goldsberry lip-synchs Aaron Burr (and stands-in for the usual emcee, Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda, who’s sidelined with the flu) while Jonathan Groff, who plays King George III, Brian d’Arcy James (who originated the role in the downtown tryout and currently stars in Something Rotten! not to mention the soon to open film Spotlight) and Andrew Rannells, the former Book Of Mormon and Hedwig star and Girls regular (who’ll be subbing for Groff this week while he’s making a movie), play the show’s marriage-minded Schuyler sisters as if to the manner born. All three sported crowns, in an exuberant set that drew appreciative huzzahs and mayhem from the crowd, as you can see.
(Hat tip to Howard Sherman for first posting the video.)