70th Annual Tony Awards   ‘Hamilton’

70th Annual Tony Awards ‘Hamilton’

Good evening Seven years ago a young man came to a poetry jam that Michelle and I held at the White House He took the mic and said that he was gonna perform a song from something he was working on About the life of somebody who embodies hip-hop America’s First Treasury Secretary I confess we all laughed, but who’s laughing now? Seven years later, Hamilton has become not only a smash hit, but a civics lesson our kids can’t get enough of One with fierce youthful energy, one where rap is the language of revolution and hip-hop, its urgent soundtrack It’s a musical about the miracle that is America, a place of citizenship Where we debate ideas with passion and conviction, a place of inclusiveness where we value our boisterous diversity as a great gift A place of opportunity where, no matter how humble our origins, we can make it if we try That’s the story of America, an experiment that is not yet finished, a project that belongs to all of us America is what we the people make of it as long as we stay just like our country–young, scrappy, and hungry That’s the story of Hamilton, and you get to see it coming up Ladies and gentlemen: rapper, actor, and Academy Award-winning composer, Common In every art form there are game changers Artists whose unique voice and vision have a significant impact on the way we think and create The next nominee for best musical not only changed the game for theatres here in New York It’s become a cultural phenomenon Lin-Manuel Miranda’s ingenious rhymes and contemporary beats Have inspired young and old to come to Broadway Simply put, it is one of the greatest pieces of art ever made Nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards tonight Give it up for the company of Hamilton Let me tell you what I wish I’d known when I was young and dreamed of glory You have no control–who lives, who dies, who tells your story I know that we can win, I know that greatness lies in you But remember from here on in, history has its eyes on you History has its eyes on you The Battle of Yorktown 1781 -Monsieur Hamilton
-Monsieur Lafayette -In command where you belong
-How do you say “no sweat”? We’re finally on the field we’ve had quite a run Immigrants–we get the job done So, what happens if we win? I go back to France. I bring freedom to my people if I’m given the chance. -We’ll be with you when you do
-Go lead your men -I’ll see you on the other side
-‘Til we meet again I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot Hey, I’m just like my country–young, scrappy, and hungry And I’m not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot ‘Til the world turns upside down
‘TIl the world turns upside down I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory. Is this where it gets me?
On my feet, the enemy ahead of me? If this is the end of me at least I have a friend with me Repping with my hands and commanding my men with me Now I remember Eliza’s expecting me,
Not only that my Eliza’s expecting So we gotta go, gotta get the job done.
Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son! Take the bullets out’your gun! (What?)
The bullets out’your gun! (What?) We move undercover and we move as one Through the night we have one shot to live another day We can not let a stray gunshot give us away We will fight up close; seize the moment and stay in it It’s either that or meet the business end of a bayonet The code word is Rochambeau, dig me? (Rochambeau!) You have your orders
Now go, man, go So the American experiment begins with my friends all scattered to the winds Laurens is in South Carolina redefining bravery (We’ll never be free until we end slavery!) When we finally draw the British away, Lafayette is there waiting in Chesapeake Bay How did we know that this plan would work?
We had a spy on the inside, that’s right: Hercules Mulligan! A tailor spying on the British government; I take their measurements, information, and then I smuggle it Tell my mother’s Revolutionary company I am running with the Sons of Liberty and I am loving it That’s what happens when you up against the ruffians We’re in the s*** now, somebody’s gotta shovel it Hercules Mulligan,
I need no introduction When you knock me down,
I get the f*** back up again After a week of fighting a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief And just like that it’s over
We tend to our wounded, we count our dead Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom Not yet We negotiate the terms of surrender
I see George Washington smile We escort the men out of Yorktown
They stagger home single-file Tens of thousands of people flood the streets
There are screams and church bells ringing And as our fallen foes retreat,
I hear the drinking song they’re singing The world turned upside down
The world turned upside down The world turned upside down
The world turned upside down
Down, down, down, down Freedom for America,
Freedom for France! Down, down, down Gotta start a new nation,
Gotta meet my son Down, down, down We won! We won!
We won! We won! The world turned upside down

100 thoughts on “70th Annual Tony Awards ‘Hamilton’

  1. Hamilton:how did we know that this plan would work we had to spy on the inside that’s right HERCULES MULLGAN
    (he comes out)
    People cheer for their love of him

  2. For those in or near Chicago, while it’s still playing there, there are tickets for less than $100. Believe me, I’m completely dirt broke but when I was in Chicago earlier this year, I saw it

  3. I was super excited when I found out (today btw) that Lin-Manuel Maranda had the same b-day as me! Im fangirling so hard 😂😂 I love him though he's awesome ❤

  4. Gonna call it as the best Tony’s performance ever, forever. In a few years when civilization has crumbled, you’ll see I’m right

  5. my daughter is so hooked up to Hamilton since she saw this in YouTube.. right now she wants to join theatre arts. she's only 10.. hopefully we can get to watch this live.. 😊

  6. I'll be totally honest. I never had much interest in this show – rapping about the American Revolution? Yeah, I know, I'm out of touch with the times.  But, I saw a bit of "My Shot" by Lin-Manuel Miranda on The Graham Norton Show, and was blown away. Now, after seeing this amazing performance, I regret having missed all of this.  Going to be searching for more performances.  Absolutely marvelous!!

  7. I get bored of things very easily.
    But… somehow I can't never get enough of Hamilton, it's been like 3 years since the first time I heard it, but every time I heard it I feel like this was just weeks ago. it's so peculiar how this musical make people join together

  8. Even 3 years later, I get chills and sob. For the beauty, the production value, not using guns in honor of the victims, and just everything about it. Lin-Manuel will ALWAYS know how to put on an amazing show

  9. This is so beautiful imagine being strategic and creative enough to write a whole ass musical about a founding father, I could NEVER😔

  10. 3:20 "hehe"
    4:17 is that charles lee on hamilton's side?
    5:40 i'm sorry but can someone please tell me where his other leg is??
    6:39 whew that peggy energy there is intense

  11. This song and this performance, are so tied to the Pulse shooting that I started crying while listening to it for the first time in over a year

  12. OTD 238 years ago (as of September 28th 2019) The Battle of Yorktown commenced, thumb this comment up if you're watching it today!

    this was my favorite part when i saw Hamilton in Detroit April 7th 2019 and it was amazing!!

  13. This is just so awesome . Not trying to be ignorant in any way but who is the bald guy supposed to be at the start ? I’m assuming he is playing some historical figure but I haven’t seen the full musical

  14. This is the most embarrassing thing I’ve ever seen. Cringe distilled to its purest form.

    This is for middle aged white liberals to watch and feel good about themselves supporting black culture.

  15. I like how they did the Hercules reveal at 4:55. Him being a tailor and the dancers revealing him as a spy with the clothing. Genius stuff.

  16. Ok….i love this play but as Lin states it is not historically accurate. (Like Suggested by the Obama's) Hamilton was all about the 1%. He had no care for the poor and impoverished. It was about money and knowledge.

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