Three hours earlier than showtime, Lin-Manuel Miranda — the “Hamilton” creator who wrote the music, ebook and lyrics for the hit musical — burst out of the entrance doorways of the Richard Rodgers Theater with a bullhorn and was met with the shrieks and applause of a crowd gathered on West 46th Street.
He was there to guide a bunch of Broadway performers in a rendition of “Theme From ‘New York, New York,’” the anthem popularized by Frank Sinatra, making a kind of mood-setting overture for the evening forward.
New York New York!!!! pic.twitter.com/iEW3tUxL0H
— Luis A. Miranda, Jr. (@Vegalteno) September 14, 2021
“Get a mask, get vaccinated and come see live theater!” stated Miranda, who additionally performed Alexander Hamilton within the authentic Broadway forged.
The look was not publicized till about four p.m., when Miranda tweeted a photograph from contained in the theater and introduced a so-called Ham4Ham, which, earlier than the pandemic, was a efficiency by “Hamilton” forged members exterior the theater that accompanied a lottery for tickets to see the present. (There can be no free tickets at the moment, Miranda stated.)
Passers-by and Broadway superfans rushed to the scene as quickly as they noticed the social media announcement.
Eva Ferreira, a 10-year-old “Hamilton” fan who has memorized almost each phrase of the musical, watched together with her mother and father, who had taken her to New York City for her birthday.
Four youngsters — all aspiring Broadway performers who had spent the day in school at Steps Conservatory — sprinted to the theater from the subway after they noticed Miranda’s tweet. They stood within the crowd in awe of the group of performers — the sort that they hoped to be sooner or later.
Jessica Payne and her husband ran down from their resort room to catch Miranda and the opposite performers. Their spring 2020 journey was canceled due to the pandemic, so that they had flown in from Colorado lately to see eight Broadway reveals in six days after “a year and a half of heartbreak” whereas the business was on pause.
“We both cried when the plane landed,” Jessica Payne stated, itemizing the reveals the couple was planning to see (“Wicked” is on the schedule tonight). “We’re so happy to be here.”