Hamilton” has captivated Broadway and now the Grammys as well, when cast members of the hip-hop Broadway phenomenon performed live on the CBS and took home the Grammy award for musical theater album.
The performance marked a rare instance in which a Broadway musical was allowed to occupy precious airtime at the Grammys. In past years, Grammy producers have relegated the musical category to the pre-telecast ceremony held just before the main event.
Taking the stage from the musical’s home at the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York, Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote “Hamilton,” joined the ensemble cast to perform the show’s opening sequence.
Miranda later accepted the Grammy, delivering rapid-fire rap lyrics that thanked many.
Video of Lin-Manuel Miranda delivering his energetic Grammys speech / rap.
Hamilton opened last year at The Public Theater and later on, transferring to Broadway, The play has been one of the hottest shows on Broadway, drawing a long list of celebrities to its sold-out audience. The musical uses rap to recount the life story of Alexander Hamilton, the Federalist founding father and first Secretary of the Treasury. A diverse cast of actors portray the show’s characters, including George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and Aaron Burr and King George III.
**Hamilton” won over cast albums from Fun Home, An American in Paris, The King and I” and “Something Rotten**
This is Lin-Manuel’s second Broadway mega hit, his first was in the Heights, and that not only put him on the map, it was a creative and business success, went on tour the world over and also won four tony awards. Lin-Manuel is now Broadway’s brightest shining star. This New Yorker of Puerto Rican decent, is surely making moves and adding talent, diversity and “sabor” in a place known as the great white way, because of its many shining lights, and at the moment Lin-Manuel is the brightest one of them all. WEPA THREE TIMES!