Returning to the White House, where he first performed the opening number from Hamilton for the First Family and friends, Lin-Manuel Miranda will try out his latest show for the Obamas next week. It’s also called Hamilton, but this time, rather than flying solo, Miranda — who wrote the book and score for the Foundling Father musical and plays the title role — is bringing the entire cast to perform a concert version of the show that’s so hard to get a ticket to the only way to see it is to pay for a command performance.
Actually, the March 14 event is to promote a series of spring matinée performances at the Richard Rodgers Theatre to which New York City public school students have been invited. It’s part of an American history curriculum that includes the show. Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow’s acclaimed biography of the first U.S. Treasury secretary and George Washington’s aide-de-camp, an immigrant who died in a duel with his political and personal rival, Aaron Burr.
First Lady Michelle Obama will welcome the Broadway cast to the White House and introduce a student workshop, Q&A and a performance of selections from the show. In May 2009, the Obamas hosted an event celebrating poetry, music and the spoken word, where Miranda (check out his Top Gun haircut!) performed “The Hamilton Mixtape,” which was later renamed “Alexander Hamilton” and became the opening number of the show.
Miranda teased the upcoming show here: