Watch the cast of Hamilton perform the musical’s electrifying opening number—and win a Grammy.

Watch the Cast of Hamilton Perform the Electrifying Opening Number—and Win a Grammy

Watch the Cast of Hamilton Perform the Electrifying Opening Number—and Win a Grammy

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Feb. 15 2016 10:19 PM

Watch the Cast of Hamilton Perform the Electrifying Opening Number—and Win a Grammy

NEW YORK, NY - AUGUST 06: (L-R) Leslie Odom; Jr., Phillipa Soo, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Christopher Jackson attend 'Hamilton' Broadway Opening Night at Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

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For many fans of the original cast recording of Hamilton, the Grammys on Monday provided their only realistic chance of catching a glimpse of the sold-out-forever show this year. Stephen Colbert, who introduced the cast’s televised performance from the Richard Rodgers Theatre, quipped that he wasn’t sure he would be able to get a ticket for the special Grammy performance: “The soonest one I could get online was a Sunday matinee in 2018.”

The cast presented the show’s opener, “Alexander Hamilton”—a great choice both because it serves as a mini-biography of Hamilton’s early life and because it gives solos to all of the musical’s principal actors. The performance was a little bumpy—the tempo started out sluggish but later seemed to run away from the singers, and the enthusiastic audience interrupted the number’s flow when the show’s composer and star, Lin-Manuel Miranda, appeared onstage—but it was still a worthy introduction to a great show which surely turned many Grammy viewers into future Faniltons.


The real tour de force came shortly after the live performance: After Hamilton won the award for Best Musical Theater Album, Miranda delivered an electrifying acceptance rap:

This is not the first time Miranda has rapped an acceptance speech. Let’s hope he has plenty more original verses lined up for the Tony Awards in June.

L.V. Anderson is a former Slate associate editor.