'Hamilton' Cast to Perform Opening Number at the 2016 GRAMMY Awards
Hamilton fans are
in for a treat!
The cast of the hit musical will perform during the 2016
GRAMMY Awards, marking the first time a Broadway production has appeared
on the show in five years.
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The GRAMMY-nominated production will perform live via
satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City. “We’re going to do the opening number from Hamilton,” Ken Ehrlich, executive
producer of the GRAMMYs, tells ET. “It's the toast of Broadway.”
The story of the "ten-dollar founding father without a
father" told through song and rap has sold out every night on Broadway,
with $70 million in advance sales and fans waiting for hours in front of the theater
every day just for a chance to be "in the room where it happens." The
cast is nominated for Best Musical Theater Album from the Original Broadway
“To perform from our home is a dream come true," Lin-Manuel Miranda, creator and star of the Alexander Hamilton biographical production, said in a statement.
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“At one point, we thought about bringing it out here and
doing it on our stage,” Ehrlich reveals. “The reality is, at the end of the
day, there's no way that we could make it as fabulous as it is on their stage.”
The production joins a long list of performers, including
Adele, Ellie Goulding, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, Carrie Underwood and The
Weeknd. LL Cool J is set to host for his fifth consecutive year, when the
awards are handed out live on Monday, Feb. 15 at 8 p.m. ET/5 p.m. PT on CBS.
This is not the only time Hamilton will be seen on TV. PBS
recently announced it will air a new documentary, Hamilton’s America, which
will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at the show. Meanwhile, the cast can be
found on TV on such hits as The Good Wife
and Law & Order: SVU. Both Daveed
Diggs and Anthony Ramos will appear on the long-running crime series on
Wednesday, Feb. 3.
"I was like, 'Yes, I've made it,'" Ramos told
ETonline of his upcoming guest appearance. "My agent told me, 'Every great
actor got started on Law & Order.'"