What’s the best thing about not winning the Hamilton on Broadway lottery? Well, it’s probably the fact that you got to see an amazing performance, anyway. One that is totally free, to boot. Lin-Manuel Miranda, who is responsible not only for Hamilton itself but who also plays Alexander Hamilton in the show, delivers incredible "Ham4Ham" performances for hopeful, waiting fans whether he’s directly involved in them or not. Like a Broadway Santa Claus.
The performances vary each time as do the performers, but one thing is always for certain, and it’s that no one is walking away from that theater front unhappy, even if they lost the chance to see the main event inside. The performances are all so fun and impressive, but undeniably, some are even more hyped and produce more audience-charged energy than others. Usually, that extra “oomph” is because he gets super talented Broadway friends to come and hang out and do a little side show work on their downtime. Not to overlook the fantastic efforts put in by cast members and the usual characters.It’s all truly spectacular, especially when they let their rampant creativity run free.
Here are 11 of the most entertaining #Ham4Ham performances thus far:
1. Spring Awakening Past & Present
So. Much. Fun.
2. When He Made Aladdin Dreams Came True
Lin-Manuel, on behalf of every 90's child, thank you.
3. Um, The Outkast Covers
4. Singing With Kelli O'Hara
A true honor.
5. That Time Mickey Mouse Sang, "Defying Gravity" Sort Of...
Okieriete Onaodowan is a talented treasure.
6. Rapping With Jonathan Groff
7. The Sing Along Contest
I'm getting that same sort of anxiety for the participants like I do when I watch Chopped.
8. NYC Ballet Performance
9. Lip-syncing Shenanigans
No one should be allowed to have this much enjoyment at work.
10. Laura Benanti And Jared Grimes Killin' It
It's all too much.
11. When The Cast Of On Your Feet Took Over
Dancing on my couch.
Can’t wait to see what else Miranda has planned.