'Hamilton' Cast Brings Broadway Smash to TV With 2016 Specatcular GRAMMYs Performance
By Stacy Lambe
The GRAMMYs just went back in time -- and to Broadway -- thanks to Alexander Hamilton.
The cast of the hit musical, Hamilton, brought down the house with its opening number, "Alexander Hamilton," live via satellite from the Richard Rodgers Theatre in New York City, marking the eighth time in GRAMMY history that Broadway has been featured on the awards show.
Created by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton tells the story of the "ten-dollar founding father without a father" told through hip-hop and has become a hit with everyone from Beyoncé to President Barack Obama.
Miranda got a huge cheer when he appeared on stage as the lead character, Alexander Hamilton. The entire cast stunned as they ran through a perfectly executed rendition of the popular number, bring the much loved Broadway hit to its largest national audience yet.
Sadly for Jonathan Groff fans, the Looking actor, who plays King George and is only seen on stage during intermittent solos in the production, was not featured in the performance.
"At one point, we thought about bringing it out here and doing it on our stage," Ken Ehrlich, executive producer of the GRAMMYs, told ET about getting the production on TV. "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 decision proved to be a treat for audiences who haven't seen the musical. Since opening, Hamiltonhas 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."
Shortly after their performance, the cast won a GRAMMY for Best Musical Theater Album from the Original Broadway Cast, which Miranda accepted with a thank you rap.