Hillary Quotes “Hamilton” in Convention Speech


The most Broadway-heavy political convention in memory — with “Our Fight Song” video full of Broadway talent, and a performance of “What the World Needs Now” by 40 performers from #BroadwayforOrlando – concluded with Hillary Clinton quoting the musical Hamilton near the climax of her acceptance speech:

“You have to keep working to make things better, even when the odds are long and the opposition is fierce.

“We lost our mother a few years ago but I miss her every day.  And I still hear her voice urging me to keep working and to keep fighting for right, no matter what. That’s what we need to do together as a nation.

“And though “we may not live to see the glory,” as the song from the musical Hamilton goes, “let us gladly join the fight.” Let our legacy be about “planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”


“I will gladly join the fight!” is in two Hamilton songs “The Story of Tonight” and “Tomorrow There’ll be More of Us.”

The second lyric is from “The World was Wide Enough”: “What is a legacy? It’s planting seeds in a garden you never get to see.”

(Transcript of complete speech, annotated)

Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda’s reaction:



Author: New York Theater

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

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