Three hours before showtime, “Hamilton” creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, who wrote the music, book, and lyrics for the hit musical, burst through the front doors of the Richard Rodgers Theater with a honk and was greeted with screams and applause. A crowd gathered on West 46th Street.
He was there to lead a group of Broadway performers in a rendition by Frank Sinatra. “Theme from ‘New York, New York’” creating a kind of mood-setting overture for the night ahead.
“Get a mask, get vaccinated and come to see the live theater!” “Miranda, who also played Alexander Hamilton in the original Broadway cast,” he said.
The show didn’t air until around 4 p.m., when Miranda tweeted a photo from inside the theater and announced Ham4Ham, a performance by “Hamilton” actors outside the theater accompanying a lottery, prior to the pandemic. tickets to watch the show. (No free tickets today, Miranda said.)
Passers-by and Broadway superfans rushed to the scene as soon as they saw the social media announcement.
Eva Ferreira, a 10-year-old “Hamilton” fan who memorized nearly every word of the musical, followed along with her family, who took her to New York for her birthday.
The four teenagers – aspiring Broadway performers who spent all day in class at the Steps Conservatory – ran from the subway to the theater after seeing Miranda’s tweet. In the crowd, they admired the kind of artist group they hoped to be one day.
Jessica Payne and her husband fled their hotel rooms to catch Miranda and the other artists. Spring 2020 trips have been canceled due to the pandemic, so they recently flew in to watch eight Broadway shows from Colorado in six days after “a year and a half of heartbreak” while the industry was on hold.
“We both cried when the plane landed,” Jessica Payne said, listing the shows the couple was planning to watch (“Wicked” is on tonight). “We are very happy to be here.”