Hamilton: Renée Elise Goldsberry sings a cut song in last live #Ham4Ham
Hamilton‘s #Ham4Ham shows went out with a bang on Wednesday with the performance by Renée Elise Goldsberry of a cut song from the hit musical.
The Tony winner explained that Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda called her from vacation to ask her to sing the track at the last #Ham4Ham. Rory O’Malley, who plays King George III and took over #Ham4Ham hosting duties after Miranda departed the show earlier this summer, stepped in to sing Hamilton’s few lines. The song, titled “Congratulations,” was sung to Alexander Hamilton by Goldsberry’s character, Angelica Schuyler. The moment is now folded into “The Reynolds Pamphlet.”
The song is an emotionally-packed number for Angelica. She tells Hamilton off for publishing the Reynolds Pamphlet and cheating on Eliza, he attempts defend himself, and she tells him that she’s back in New York to look after her Eliza and not for him, despite their feelings for each other. She drops the powerful line, “You’re the only enemy you ever seem to lose to.” The song includes musical themes from “Satisfied.”
Hamilton announced Tuesday that live #Ham4Ham shows would end “for now” after Wednesday’s performance. The online lottery will still be available.
Watch the performance (captured by Howard Sherman) above, and see a tweet from Miranda about the final #Ham4Ham below.