Adding another notch on the show’s already impressive belt, Broadway’s Hamilton had special guests in attendance recently. President Barack Obama, accompanied by daughters Malia and Sasha, gave a standing ovation during a matinee performance of the sensational hit show on July 18. White House spokesman Eric Schultz said President Obama loved the play and pronounced it “fabulous.” Added Schultz: “He said it lived up to the hype.”
This wasn’t the first time the President enthusiastically applauded the show. Before the current iteration of the show as a smash Broadway musical, the concept existed as “The Hamilton Mixtape,” a collection of songs. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda was invited to perform “The Hamilton Mixtape” at the White House in 2009 as a part of an evening celebrating the American experience. Then the entire First Family gave the performance a standing ovation.
Hamilton follows the story of unlikely founding father Alexander Hamilton, determined to make a name for himself in our new nation. A multicultural cast chronicles Hamilton’s successes, failures and scandals through a refreshing fusion of Hip Hop and R&B ballads, along with traditional musical theatre fare. And while Alexander Hamilton will soon be sharing the ten dollar bill with a yet undecided woman, the remixed, uptempo storytelling on Hamilton, coupled with record breaking advanced ticket sales, is sure to keep him fresh in our minds for a long time.
According to critics, President Obama is spot on in his assessment of the show. Ben Brantley, chief theatre critic of The New York Times says “Historic. Hamilton is brewing up a revolution. This is a show that aims impossibly high and hits its target. It’s probably not possible to top the adrenaline rush.”
For more information about the show and performance schedules, check out www.hamiltonbroadway.com and watch Lin Manuel’s first performance of Hamilton material for the President below.