Broadway was brighter than usual Thursday night.
“I can’t wait,” Matthew Broderick said.
The stars were out for the opening of Hamilton.
“It will revolutionize American theater,” Laverne Cox said.
Using a blend of hip hop, rap and jazz, it takes you on a journey of Alexander Hamilton’s life from orphan to war hero to Secretary of the Treasury.
“It sounds like I reinvented it, but it’s really an old-fashioned musical,” Lin-Manuel Miranda said.
Tony winner Lin-Manuel Miranda wrote the music and lyrics and plays the lead.
“It was Hamilton every step of the way,” he said. “When I realized he had written a poem to get off an island, I went that’s the most hip hop thing I’ve ever heard.”
We caught up with the cast right after curtain call.
“It feels like the thing I’ve been waiting my whole life for,” Leslie Odom Jr., who plays Aaron Burr, smiled.
“Definitely my favorite thing that I’ve ever worked on,” Daveed Diggs, who plays Thomas Jefferson, said.
The musical first opened last year at the Public Theatre to rave reviews.
“Towards the last half of the run, the roof wanted to fly off the Public Theatre,” Jonathan Groff, who stars as King George, laugh. “It feels like the space in Richard Rodgers [Theatre] is the perfect place for it.”
Now on Broadway, it’s already sold millions of dollars in advanced ticket sales.
“It asks a lot of the audience but also invites them on this journey,” Phillipa Soo, who plays Eliza Hamilton, said. “So I’m just excited to share it with as many people as possible.”
Part of the hype comes from who’s already seen it…President Obama and his daughters took in a matinee last month and gave it a standing ovation.
“President Obama came and met us at intermission,” Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler, remembered. “[He] said, ‘It’s one thing to have something that’s good, it’s another thing to have something that’s good that people recognize one day, [but] what we have here is something that’s good that people recognize in the moment and that’s really rare.”
And while they all play different Founding Fathers on stage, we wanted to know who these guys would actually want to grab a drink with.
“Oh man, I want to talk to Aaron Burr so bad,” Odom Jr. said.
“Ben Franklin, he’d drink me under the table!” Miranda laughed.
“John Adams, just to make him feel better,” Diggs smiled.
You can see Hamilton currently playing at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
We will be going Backstage on Broadway next week so be sure to tune in.