With the Disney+ release of Hamilton, we wanted to rewind to a tradition that occurred before select shows during the production's in person lottery. Hamilton's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda (as well as other guest hosts), would host Ham4Ham shows on West 46th Street in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre that featured cast reunions, special guest stars, pop covers and the occasional dance break. These were Lin's passed down instructions for the show to explain the format but also coincidentally great life advice:
This is the letter I sent Rory, Renee & Morgan about Ham4Ham after I left. It’s about the #Ham4Ham show, but it’s also pretty good life advice somehow?— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 18, 2018
Anyway I love them and I love you. pic.twitter.com/r8sfkDA2M5
Yesterday on Twitter we ran a #Ham4Ham Rewind Marathon highlighting 24 of our favorite Ham4Ham shows featuring members of the Hamilton company. On top of doing 8 shows a week, cast, technicians, musicians and more took time out to put on these unique shows for free for hopeful audience members trying to win the $10 lottery seats. These shows were a fantastic snapshot of that special time in the show's history during previews, opening and the phenomenon that grew the months and months that followed.
Enjoy these 24 mini showstopping shows performed in front of the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Andrea Burns & The Cast of On Your Feet's "Carnaval Del Barrio"/"Tradición" Mashup
The Schuyler Sisters' (Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones) "Silent Night"
Lin-Manuel Miranda, Christopher Jackson, Daveed Diggs, Wayne Brady and Shockwave's Lotto Freestyle
Alysha Deslorieux's Mariah Carey cover of "Always Be My Baby"
Andrew Rannells' "Cry For Me" from Jersey Boys
Phillipa Soo's Ukelele Cover of Beyoncé's "Halo"
"Ten Duel Commandments" with Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton and Tech Calls
Taran Killam's Alexander Hamilton "Facts"
Jasmine Cephas Jones and Anthony Ramos' Jordin Sparks & Chris Brown's "No Air" Cover
Alex Lacamoire and The Hamilton Orchestra
Renée Elise Goldsberry and Phillipa Soo's "Right Hand Man"
The Hamilton Ladies "My Shot" Cover
The Schuyler Georges (Brian D'Arcy James, Jonathan Groff and Andrew Rannells) Lip Sync
Lin-Manuel Miranda & Daveed Diggs' Role Swapped "Cabinet Battle #1"
Christopher Jackson and Mandy Gonzalez's In The Heights Cover of "When You're Home"
Newsies Cast Members Thayne Jasperson and Ephraim Sykes join Lin-Manuel Miranda on "The World Will Know"
Leslie Odom, Jr.'s cover of Audra Mae's cover of Bob Dylan's "Forever Young"
The Schuyler Sisters' (Renée Elise Goldsberry, Phillipa Soo and Jasmine Cephas Jones) Cover Alicia Keys' "Fallin'"
Okieriete Onaodowan's Cover of Wicked's "Defying Gravity" as Mickey Mouse
Christopher Jackson's Rendition of The National Anthem
Leading Players from Pippin with Phillipa Soo, Ariana DeBose and Andrew Chappelle
Spring Awakening Cover with Jonathan Groff, Krysta Rodriguez and Andy Mientus
A "96,000" In The Heights Reunion with Lin-Manuel Miranda, Karen Olivo, Christopher Jackson and more
Renée Elise Goldsberry's cut Hamilton song "Congratulations"
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