Jimmy Fallon sings Hamilton with Jonathan Groff
The upcoming Hamilton Mixtape can teach listeners about American history, rap — and breathing?
Looking star Jonathan Groff stopped by The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Wednesday to gush over the upcoming Hamilton remix record. “I just listened to the whole thing a couple of days ago,” he said. “I just started with the first one and I put it on my chest, and for 77 minutes or however long it is, I was like in a total wave of overwhelming. I was weeping. Like Jill Scott’s ‘Say No to This,’ I had to get up and do laps around my bed.”
The actor played King George III in the hit show and was nominated for a Tony for the role. In addition to remixes by Busta Rhymes, The Roots, Regina Spektor, Sia, John Legend, Kelly Clarkson, Queen Latifah, and more, the remix album features the late night host leading the vocals for “You’ll Be Back.”
“When you sing it, it sounds phenomenal, it’s amazing, standing ovation,” said Fallon. “When I do it, it’s a comedy song. You laugh and go, ‘What’s the next track?’” Keeping in his comedy realm, the host did share a helpful breathing technique to keep him land in the same singing ballpark as his fellow performers. Getting started with “the perfect pitch” note, Fallon then sings and takes an extremely quick, loud breath between each line. “It’s subtle,” he jokes.
Watch the entire clip below. The Hamilton Mixtape drops Dec. 2.