Wednesday, March 20, 2019

'Hamilton' creator crashes Detroit performance

Posted By on Wed, Mar 20, 2019 at 9:13 AM

  • Debby Wong /

I wanted to hate Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-winning hip-hop musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton that is now playing at Detroit's Fisher Theatre, but I just couldn't. It really is that good.

When I was watching it, I couldn't help but imagine that Miranda must be a geek of the highest order, a geek's geek — a theater geek, a history buff, and a hip-hop head — who masterfully weaved all of his passions together in a way that just works. (Turns out he is, in fact, all of the above.)

Anyway, Miranda further proved his geek bona fides by geeking out a Tuesday performance of Hamilton, which he crashed to the surprise of both the cast and the audience. In a Periscope video posted to his Twitter, Miranda is seen hiding backstage just as one of the musical's stars told the audience that the Detroit production would not feature him. (Miranda starred in Hamilton until he left the show's Broadway production in 2016 to work on other projects, including a role in Mary Poppins Returns.)

"What's up Detroit?" he said. "Will you please give it up for this cast?"

Miranda also signed posters for fans and took a selfie with Edred Utomi, who plays Hamilton, and Hannah Cruz, who plays his wife Eliza Schuyler Hamilton.

Hamilton runs through April 21. Though tickets cost a pretty penny, the Fisher Theatre is releasing a limited number of $10 tickets through a lottery two days before each show.

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