By Devan Coggan
August 30, 2016 at 06:15 PM EDT
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For the past year, history has been happening in Manhattan as the cast and crew of Hamilton have gathered outside the Richard Rodgers Theatre for free, public performances. What originally began as a way to publicize the show’s ticket lottery — pay $10 to see the $10 founding father without a father — quickly blossomed into the most innovative and accessible show on Broadway. Hamilton tickets may be impossible to get, but Lin-Manuel Miranda’s #Ham4Ham shows brought free performances to the people with an eclectic mix of celebrity cameos, songs from the show, and the occasional lip sync battle.

On Tuesday, the show announced that the live performances are coming to an end “for now,” with the promise of the occasional digital performance in the future. The good news? The online ticket lottery will continue, so you still have a shot at getting tickets.

Here, EW rounds up a few of our all-time favorite #Ham4Ham shows, from Lea Salonga and Patti Lupone to Elmo and Jimmy Fallon.

1. In the Heights reunion

Aug. 1, 2015

Before he turned his eye to the Revolutionary War, Miranda wrote and starred in In the Heights, so he recruited a few of his former cast members — Chris Jackson, Jon Rua, Javier Muñoz (who’s now leading Hamilton in the title role), and Karen Olivo — for a mini reunion. 

 

2. Opening night

Aug. 6, 2015

To celebrate the show’s official Broadway opening, Miranda read the opening of Ron Chernow’s Hamilton biography, the book that introduced him to Hamilton’s story.

 

3. “The Schuyler Sisters” with the Three Georges

Oct. 25, 2015

When Andrew Rannells joined the show as the new King George, the previous two Georges (Jonathan Groff and Brian d’Arcy James) welcomed him to the cast with an epic “Schuyler Sisters” lip sync. Work!

 

4. “A Whole New World” with Lea Salonga

Nov. 11, 2015

Lea Salonga stopped by for a shining, shimmering, and splendid duet with Miranda on “A Whole New World” from Aladdin.

 

5. Jimmy Fallon channels King George

Jan. 20, 2016

When these New York City streets got colder over the winter, Hamilton moved the lottery online and kicked off a series of digital #Ham4Ham shows. One of the most memorable videos came when Jimmy Fallon put his impression skills to good use and sang “You’ll Be Back” as Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Mick Jagger, David Bowie, and more.

 

6. Lin does Les Mis

Jan. 27, 2016

Apparently not content to simply write and star in his own hit Broadway musical, Miranda also made a cameo in another one, providing the offstage voices for a Sunday performance of Les Miserables.

 

7. Right Hand Yankovic

Feb. 13, 2016

Who knew “Right Hand Man” sounded so good on the accordion? When Weird Al Yankovic saw the show, Miranda recruited him for a digital #Ham4Ham (and showed off his own Weird Al impression).

 

8. Here comes General Elmo

Feb. 14, 2016

#Ham4Ham didn’t just attract human celebrities. Elmo traveled from Sesame Street to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to help Chris Jackson sing “The Story of Tonight.”

 

9. A West Wing cabinet battle

March 23, 2016

Earlier this year, the cast traveled to D.C. for a special performance at the White House, and while they were there, they filmed a West Wing-style walk and talk in the actual West Wing.

 

10. Hamilton goes Star Wars

May 4, 2016

Because Miranda apparently doesn’t have enough on his plate, he also volunteered to write a song for last year’s Star Wars: The Force Awakens, co-writing a piece with director J.J. Abrams. To celebrate Star Wars Day (a.k.a. May the Fourth), Abrams stopped by to perform their cantina song.

 

11. Patti Lupone gives her regards to Broadway

May 18, 2016

One of Broadway’s biggest divas made an appearance to sing “Give My Regards to Broadway” — and leave Miranda completely starstruck.

 

12. Miranda’s final #Ham4Ham

July 6, 2016

In July, Miranda said farewell to his own show and departed the cast, handing the #Ham4Ham hosting duties to Rory O’Malley. For his final #Ham4Ham, he read a letter from Hamilton to his wife Eliza, written in 1780.

 

13. Cynthia Erivo sings Lemonade

Aug. 10, 2016

For one of O’Malley’s first shows as #Ham4Ham host, Cynthia Erivo stopped by just a few weeks after she won a Tony for her role in The Color Purple, belting out an a capella rendition of Beyonce’s “Sandcastles.”

Genre: Musical; Starring: Lin-Manuel Miranda, Leslie Odom Jr., Christopher Jackson, Phillipa Soo, Renee Elise Goldsberry; Director: Thomas Kail; Author: Lin-Manuel Miranda; Opening Date: 08/06/15
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