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#Gram4Ham: Watch Hamilton on The Grammys

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The cast of Hamilton will perform their show’s opening number live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theater sometime during the 2016 Grammy broadcast, which will air starting at 8 p.m. ET tonight (February 15, 2016) on CBS.

Update: To watch the video, click here.

Lyrics for Song # 1: Alexander Hamilton

This is only the fourth time the Grammy broadcast has featured a performance live via satellite, and only the ninth performance by a Broadway musical on any broadcast of the Grammy Awards. (Previous Broadway shows featured on the Grammys: “Godspell” (1972); “The Magic Show” (1975); “Sophisticated Ladies” (1982); “La Cage Aux Folles” (1984); “Will Rogers Follies” (1992); “Riverdance” and “Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk” (1997); and “American Idiot” (2010))

“Hamilton” is one of the five Broadway cast recordings that  have been nominated for Best Musical Theater Album.

Update: After its live performance, Hamilton was awarded Best Musical Theater Album Grammy — on the broadcast! (Usually it’s one of the Grammys awarded off-camera.)
The nominees are:

Hamilton (Atlantic)

Fun Home (PS Classics)

An American in Paris (Masterworks Broadway)

The King and I (Universal Music Classics)

Something Rotten! (Ghostlight).

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Quiz: Which Hamilton character are you?

 


Song #1: “ALEXANDER HAMILTON.”

AARON BURR
HOW DOES A BASTARD, ORPHAN, SON OF A WHORE AND A
SCOTSMAN, DROPPED IN THE MIDDLE OF A FORGOTTEN
SPOT IN THE CARIBBEAN BY PROVIDENCE, IMPOVERISHED, IN SQUALOR, GROW UP TO BE A HERO AND A SCHOLAR?
JOHN LAURENS
THE TEN-DOLLAR FOUNDING FATHER WITHOUT A FATHER GOT A LOT FARTHER BY WORKING A LOT HARDER
BY BEING A LOT SMARTER
BY BEING A SELF-STARTER
BY FOURTEEN, THEY PLACED HIM IN CHARGE OF A TRADING CHARTER
THOMAS JEFFERSON
AND EVERY DAY WHILE SLAVES WERE BEING SLAUGHTERED AND CARTED AWAY ACROSS THE WAVES, HE STRUGGLED AND KEPT HIS GUARD UP INSIDE, HE WAS LONGING FOR SOMETHING TO BE A PART OF
THE BROTHER WAS READY TO BEG, STEAL, BORROW OR BARTER
JAMES MADISON
THEN A HURRICANE CAME, AND DEVASTATION REIGNED
OUR MAN SAW HIS FUTURE DRIP, DRIPPING DOWN THE DRAIN PUT A PENCIL TO HIS TEMPLE, CONNECTED IT TO HIS BRAIN AND HE WROTE HIS FIRST REFRAIN, A TESTAMENT TO HIS PAIN
BURR
WELL THE WORD GOT AROUND, THEY SAID, “THIS KID IS INSANE, MAN.” TOOK UP A COLLECTION JUST TO SEND HIM TO THE MAINLAND
“GET YOUR EDUCATION, DON’T FORGET FROM WHENCE YOU CAME, AND THE WORLD IS GONNA KNOW YOUR NAME. WHAT’S YOUR NAME, MAN?”
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
ALEXANDER HAMILTON
MY NAME IS ALEXANDER HAMILTON
AND THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE BUT JUST YOU WAIT, JUST YOU WAIT . . .
ELIZA HAMILTON
WHEN HE WAS 10 HIS FATHER SPLIT, FULL OF IT, DEBT-RIDDEN TWO YEARS LATER, SEE ALEX AND HIS MOTHER BED-RIDDEN HALF-DEAD SITTIN IN THEIR OWN SICK
THE SCENT THICK, AND
FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON) (WHISPERING) ALEX GOT BETTER BUT HIS MOTHER WENT QUICK.

GEORGE WASHINGTON
MOVED IN WITH A COUSIN, THE COUSIN COMMITTED SUICIDE LEFT HIM WITH NOTHIN BUT RUINED PRIDE, SOMETHING NEW INSIDE
A VOICE SAYING,
“YOU GOTTA FEND FOR YOURSELF.” HE STARTED RETREATIN AND READIN EVERY TREATISE ON THE SHELF.
BURR
THERE WOULD HAVE BEEN NOTHIN LEFT TO DO
FOR SOMEONE LESS ASTUTE
HE WOULDA BEEN DEAD OR DESTITUTE
WITHOUT A CENT OR RESTITUTION STARTED WORKIN–CLERKIN FOR HIS LATE MOTHER’S LANDLORD TRADIN SUGAR CANE AND RUM AND ALL THE THINGS HE CAN’T AFFORD
SCAMMIN’ FOR EVERY BOOK HE CAN GET HIS HANDS ON
PLANNIN’ FOR THE FUTURE SEE HIM NOW AS HE STANDS ON
THE BOW OF A SHIP HEADED FOR A NEW LAND
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN.

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—

HAMILTON
JUST YOU WAIT!

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—

HAMILTON
JUST YOU WAIT!

COMPANY
IN NEW YORK YOU CAN BE A NEW MAN—
IN NEW YORK—

ALEXANDER HAMILTON
WE ARE WAITING IN THE WINGS FOR YOU
YOU COULD
NEVER BACK DOWN
YOU NEVER LEARNED TO TAKE YOUR T(H)IME!
OH, ALEXANDER HAMILTON
WHEN AMERICA SINGS FOR YOU WILL THEY KNOW WHAT YOU OVERCAME,
WILL THEY KNOW YOU REWROTE THE GAME,
THE WORLD WILL NEVER BE THE SAME, OH.
BURR
THE SHIP IS IN THE HARBOR NOW, SEE IF YOU CAN SPOT HIM
ANOTHER IMMIGRANT, COMIN UP FROM THE BOTTOM
HIS ENEMIES DESTROYED HIS REP AMERICA FORGOT HIM

 

MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE

WE FOUGHT WITH HIM.

LAURENS

ME? I DIED FOR HIM.

WASHINGTON
ME? I TRUSTED HIM.

ELIZA/ANGELICA/MARIAH

ME? I LOVED HIM.

BURR
AND ME? I’M THE DAMN FOOL THAT SHOT HIM.
COMPANY
SHOT HIM. SHOT HIM.

THERE’S A MILLION THINGS I HAVEN’T DONE, BUT JUST YOU WAIT!
JUST YOU WAIT

BURR

WHAT’S YOUR NAME, MAN?

COMPANY

ALEXANDER HAMILTON!

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Jonathan Mandell is a 3rd generation NYC journalist, who sees shows, reads plays, writes reviews and sometimes talks with people.

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