CREDIT: Hamilton: An American Musical
The final days of the Obama administration are upon us and everyone is dealing with it in their own way. Saying goodbye is never easy, but in the U.S., the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next is a defining hallmark of our democracy. Earlier this week, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson reprised their roles as Alexander Hamilton and George Washington, respectively and performed “One Last Time” from the “Hamilton” soundtrack. The song perfectly captures this process of handing over power, and explains some of the motivations for why George Washington felt it necessary to step down from power, rather than holding onto it. It was a powerful performance that brought many members of the audience, including Miranda, to tears.
The Obama administration played an important role in the evolution of the “Hamilton” soundtrack.
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In 2009, Miranda was invited to the the White House’s Poetry Jam, where he performed a rough version of “My Shot,” a song whose opening notes bring chills down the spines of musical theater fanatics. The musical of course went on to become a national phenomenon. Even Vice President-elect Mike Pence had kind words for the production, after he was famously booed while attending the show. Pence later said, “My daughter and I and her cousins really enjoyed the show. ‘Hamilton’ is just an incredible production, incredibly talented people. It was a real joy to be there.” No matter who is in the White House, Hamilton truly is an expression of the American Dream, and the pain and beauty that comes with freedom.