How does a bastard, orphan, son of a…never mind. Here’s the cast of Hamilton performing Sweeney Todd.
Led by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the cast of Broadway’s hottest show paid tribute to its bloodiest during the 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition on Tuesday. Hamilton star and creator Miranda transformed the lyrics of his show’s opening number into an homage to Stephen Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd, which bears resemblance to Hamilton only in their shared use of character arrival via ship, unrequited love from a strong soprano, and petticoat budget.
Miranda later posted the lyrics to his Tumblr, for your annotating pleasure.
The event? The 30th annual Easter Bonnet Competition, in which a slew of casts from all over Broadway perform musical homages and present extravagant bonnets themed to their shows.
While Hamilton’s homage to Sweeney Todd took home top honors, the runner-up honor went to the cast of Fun Home, who transformed “Gee Officer Krupke” from West Side Story into a plea for Miranda to write a show for them.
The fun competition marks the culmination of six weeks of fundraising across the New York and American stage — to wit, if you’ve ever been asked to donate money at the end of a Broadway show, this is where those numbers get tallied. In 2016, more than 58 casts (including national touring companies) raised a record-breaking $5.5 million for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, marking the largest fundraising campaign in the history of the Broadway Cares organization.