Hamilton makes triumphant debut in Washington but will Trump go to see it?
by Ern2906 ·
Hit musical, which Mike Pence was booed at during a 2016 performance, opened after hugely successful run in New York
The mega-hit musical Hamilton made a triumphant debut in Washington on Thursday, coinciding with Donald Trump’s birthday. There seems little prospect, however, of the US president ever attending the show.
Composer and lyricist Lin-Manuel Miranda paid a visit to former president Barack Obama, a huge fan, before attending the opening performance at the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, where it will run for three months.
Miranda was joined by celebrity chef Jos Andrs, wearing a T-shirt that said: Immigrants feed America. Andrs fought a two-year legal battle with Trump after cancelling plans to open a restaurant at his hotel in Washington and continues to jab at him on social media.
A celebrated lyric in the musical, Immigrants: we get the job done, produced a cheer and applause. Kennedy Center staff said they were not aware of any politicians in attendance, although Hamilton seems a natural fit for a city that lives and breathes politics.
It tells the story of Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washingtons right-hand man during the Revolutionary war and was the first treasury secretary. The score blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway; the diverse casting sees George Washington, Thomas Jefferson and other dead white males (and females) played by actors of colour.
The show opened in New York in 2015 and became Broadways hottest ticket. Miranda and other cast members were invited by Obama and his wife Michelle to perform at the White House. That seems unthinkable now.
Soon after the 2016 election, vice-president-elect Mike Pence was booed at a performance and, at the final curtain, directly addressed by the cast: We are the diverse Americans who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents.