#HAM4HAM Loves their Stage Manager

If you have not been following the cultural phenomenon that is HAMILTON, currently running on Broadway, you are missing out. I became familiar with the project because I follow its creator & star, Lin Manuel Miranda, on Twitter. The background: while on vacation, Miranda read a biography of American founding father Alexander Hamilton and thought to himself, “this is totally hip-hop” and decided to create a concept album called The Hamilton Mixtape. He was then invited to the White House to perform the first song off that album:

It ran a sold-out run at the Public Theatre off-broadway earlier this year and then transferred to Broadway this summer.  As a way to thank their fans, they do a ticket lottery every day where you can get a Hamilton ticket for a Hamilton ($10 – the bill that Alexander Hamilton’s face is on). During previews, they started something very special – the #HAM4HAM show, and they’ve continued it a few shows a week since opening.

the #HAM4HAM show is a brief (usually under 5 minute) bit where Miranda comes out the stage door just before they draw for the lottery and with the help of some of his broadway friends does a unique performance. For example, he got Kelli O’Hara to rap last week. Thanks to the lovely Howard Sherman, you can find videos of almost all the #HAM4HAM shows on youtube.

So yesterday, September 11, was “Love for the Techies day”. What does that mean in Hamilton world? It means that the ENTIRE COMPANY came outside to perform a number from the show a cappella while J. Phillip Basset (Production Stage Manager) got on the mic and called all the cues from the number. Such a unique way to show respect for the tech team!

Check out the great video that Howard shot.

Thanks, Hamilton team, for showing your tech team some love!

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About Lois

I am a Vancouver-based Stage Manager and frequent theatre goer. After graduating from Trinity Western University I spent two seasons as the resident stage manager at Pacific Theatre. Now I am working as a freelancer with various companies in Vancouver.

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