Celebrities Who Love 'Hamilton'
Stars from Beyonce to Bill Clinton to Julia Roberts have been in the audience for the celebrated musical Hamilton. Ahead, their photos and words of praise from the show.
Jimmy Kimmel had tickets to the May 14 show and took a selfie backstage with Miranda, who could barely contain his excitement after meeting the late-night host. “Kimmel! Incredible! Guillermo not pictured.” Kimmel one-upped Miranda with the compliments, tweeting, “Let me the first to say that @HamiltonMusical is spectacularly great and that @Lin_Manuel is a brilliant human.”
Neil Patrick Harris
Tony winner Neil Patrick Harris posed for a pic with Lin-Manuel Miranda after a May 14 performance. While NPH later sang his praises for the show on Twitter, Miranda seemed to be impressed with Harris’ wardrobe. “Sometimes NPH wears the Usnavi cap,” to which the How I Met Your Mother star replied, “It hides my Olafiness. Thanks for the spectacular night. #fortunate“
New Girl star Max Greenfield took in a May 2016 showing of Hamilton, later tweeting, “Thank you @HamiltonMusical and @Lin_Manuel What an absolutely incredible show.” And the feelings seem to be mutual. “After my weeklong @NewGirlonFOX binge, a very surreal moment indeed. True American.” Miranda tweeted.
Jason Bateman stopped by Hamilton on April 15, and Lin-Manuel Miranda used an Arrested Development quote when sharing a photo of the two of them backstage. “There’s always money in the banana stand,” he tweeted.
The football great attended Hamilton on April 12. Lin Manuel-Miranda shared a photo with Manning, tweeting, “There are Giants in the sky. Or: *Nicki Minaj voice* MANNING! ELI!!!!!… Seriously though I’m such an Eli Manning fan. We’re both little brothers who get big sh*t done at the LAST MINUTE.”
“The story of America then. Told by AMERICA now,” Miranda tweeted, sharing a shot of himself with the actress after she caught the April 8 show.
Dave Matthews saw Hamilton on April 11, and caught up with Christopher Jackson, one of the show’s stars. “The space between,” Miranda tweeted with the photo.
Senator Bernie Sanders attended Hamilton on April 8, taking in the show on a campaign stop in New York City.
The former child star saw the show on April 8 and spent time with Miranda, who tweeted, “SAVAGE AF.”
Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens
The Grease Live! stars caught Hamilton on March 24. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a photo with Hough and Hudgens, tweeting, “Greased Lightning.” Hough also weighed in, writing on Instagram, “HAMILTON – speechless! Overwhelmed with emotion right now that I can’t even talk about what I just witnessed without bursting in to tears!”
Broadway legend Idina Menzel took in the show on March 25 and snapped a selfie with Miranda. “The Goddess Idina came by to visit her old dressing room,” Miranda tweeted. She responded, writing, “Thank you for a remarkable evening in the theater. Sorry it took me so long to get there! You’re my hero.”
“This is ridiculous what am I doing here I’m in the wrong STORY,” Lin-Manuel Miranda captioned this March 27 photo of him and Emily Blunt, quoting her character from the musical-turned-movie Into the Woods. Okieriete Onaodowan, who plays James Madison and Hercules Mulligan in the musical, is posing behind them in the snapshot.
“Degrassi reunion!” Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted with a shot of himself posing with Degrassi alum Nina Dobrev on March 15. “(Shhh I know I wasn’t on Degrassi just BE COOL could you just).” Dobrev also weighed in on the experience, sharing the photo and tweeting, “Went to the Broadway show HAMILTON tonight and it BLEW MY MIND. @Lin_manuel is a genius and a gem. “
Vocal West Wing fan Miranda spent time with Richard Schiff, who played Toby Ziegler, when he dropped by Hamilton on March 23. Posing in a typically Toby pose, Miranda tweeted, “Game on.” Schiff live-tweeted the experience, writing, “Intermission– speechless!!… Sometimes the artistry itself brings you to tears. Gobsmacked!… Lest I forget- entire cast, music, staging, design is beyond phenomenal & forever-thank you thank you all @Lin_Manuel @HamiltonMusical”
Miranda shared a shot of himself with star Leslie Odom Jr. and Andre 3000 on March 23, and tweeted Outkast lyrics, writing, “Nothinis for certain / Nothinlasts forever / but until they close the curtain / It’s him & I / Aquemini.”
Alan Cumming took in Hamilton on March 15, and posed for a photo with Miranda and Miranda’s wife, Vanessa Nadal. “The Good Wife. My good wife,” Miranda tweeted with the image, while Cumming wrote on Instagram, “Finally saw @hamiltonmusical and basked backstage in the genius glow of this one, @lin_manuel! Bravo to the rafters and beyond!”
Norm Lewis also stopped by the March 23 showing of Hamilton and snapped a picture with the creator. “Porgy N Ham,” Miranda tweeted, referencing Lewis’ work on Porgy and Bess.
One day after debuting his new album, The Life of Pablo, in New York City in February 2016, Kanye West paid a visit to the Richard Rodgers Theatre to see Hamilton. Creator-star Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a photo of the two, quoting his show’s song “Non-Stop”: “Write day and night like you’re running out of time. Gnight!”
Miranda revealed his love for The Princess Bride when Chris Sarandon took in the show. “MAN AND WIFE SAY MAN AND WIFE,” he tweeted, referencing Sarandon’s role in the film.
The Harry Potter star paid a visit to the show in January 2016. Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda shared a photo with the magical actor, writing, “I asked this nice young man how he’d sort Hamilton at Hogwarts. His answer: ‘Ravenclaw. Definitely.’ GNIGHT! *hides*”
The Oscar winner caught a performance of Hamilton in January 2016. She shared a shot of her program, tweeting, “This one is a #gamechanger…original storytelling at its finest. @HamiltonMusical.” Lin-Manuel Miranda responded soon after, writing, “what a joy to meet you!”
Queen Bey dropped in on Hamilton in October 2015, posing for a photo with star Jonathan Groff (King George). According to creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the two had quite the interaction. “Beyonce: Did you play the King?” he tweeted, detailing a conversation that took place. “Groffsauce: Yes. Beyonce: I’m stealing your walk. I love your walk. Groffsauce: *inarticulate sounds* Beyonce: When you turned away still facing the audience? *BEYONCE DEMONSTRATES FLAWLESSLY* Beyonce: You were your OWN turntable. Love it. And then, in Groffsauce’s own words, ‘Then the ground swallowed me up and I died happy.’ Thus endeth the meeting of Beyonce & Groffsauce.”
Eminem took in a show in January 2016. The appearance of the rapper at the hip-hop musical was seemingly enough to leave creator Lin-Manuel Miranda speechless. He tweeted a photo with Eminem, writing simply, “Um.”
“Love love loved @HamiltonMusical,” Amy Schumer tweeted on Oct. 29, 2015. “#greatforhiphopheads.”
The Friday Night Lights actress took in a show in December 2015. She posed for a photo with Miranda, who wrote, “Clear eyes full hearts can’t [weeping emoji].”
Oprah graced the New York City theater with her presence in October 2015. In a photo shared by creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the icon signed a wall at the theater, writing, “No words – Just exaltation!” Oprah went on to gush about the performance on her own Instagram account, sharing a collage of photos from the night and writing, “WoW!WOW! WoW! What a thrilling experience to be in the presence of such Genuis! Brilliance!”
After welcoming Miranda to The Tonight Show in November 2015, Jimmy Fallon continued his relationship with the Broadway star in January 2016. He stopped by Hamilton with Questlove and Busta Rhymes, prompting Miranda to tweet, “NEW SQUAD LEVEL UNLOCKED. CHEAT CODE. @BustaRhymes @questlove @jimmyfallon.”
Paul Giamatti, who has his own experience with the Founding Fathers (he played President John Adams in a 2008 HBO miniseries), paid a visit to the show in February 2016. “PRESIDENT John Adams? Good luck,” Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda captioned this photo of the actor with Jonathan Groff (King George).
Living legend Julie Andrews took in the acclaimed show in December 2015 and left her mark with a signature on the theater’s wall. Miranda snapped a photo of the moment, tweeting, “Well that’s Julie Andrews signing our wall so I’m a dead person now. Gnight!”
Retta treated herself to a little Hamilton in January 2016. Cozying up to the Parks and Recreation star, Miranda tweeted, “TREAT YO SELF 2016.” Retta shared her own photo with actor Okieriete Onaodowan, adding, “Told him I was comin’ 4 him. Thank you Oak. ‘Preciate ya. #WhenYouUpAgainstTheRuffians @hamiltonmusical @oaksmash.”
Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson
Hanks and Wilson had a Hamilton date night in January 2015. Wilson tweeted a photo after the performance, writing, “.@tomhanks and I loved @Lin_Manuel ‘s #HamiltonTheMusical. What a show! #GameChanger Thomas Kail you rock!”
Julia Roberts and Danny Moder
The Oscar winner and her cinematographer husband attended a March 2015 performance of Hamilton. Miranda shared a selfie with the couple, tweeting, “Oh hai Julia Roberts & Daniel Moder. Hi. I am being so cool hi.”
Conan O’Brien and Miranda both tweeted photos from their September 2015 meeting at Hamilton. The comedian wrote, “Just saw ‘Hamilton’ and got to meet Lin-Manuel Miranda. Easily the best show I have ever seen. Seriously,” while Miranda joked, “I may have snipped an imaginary string attached to my hip at the bows tonight.”
Ingrid Michaelson got the chance to see Hamilton in December 2015. She live-tweeted her experience, first sharing a “YAAS” GIF and writing, “Going to see @HamiltonMusical tonight.” She went on to share a post a shot of her program for the show, and tweeted with a photo of herself with Miranda, “@hamiltonmusical took my breath away. #linmanuelmiranda.” Miranda shared a similar shot, writing, “Lil weepy meeting Ingrid Michaelson here because ‘Corner Of Your Heart’ is one of my top 5 favorite songs.”
Orange Is the New Black actress Laverne Cox picked up tickets in December 2015. While Miranda shared a selfie with the star writing, “Stunner remains stunning,” Cox added on Twitter, “Thank you to the entire cast and crew of @HamiltonMusical for an inspiring afternoon of theater. Still in awe of the genius of @Lin_Manuel.”
Crazy Ex-Girlfriend star Rachel Bloom attended Hamilton in January 2016. “Look it’s @Racheldoesstuff!” Miranda tweeted with a shot of the actress. “She makes that good musical TV!” She shared the photo, tweeting, “You are just the greatest human being and you have changed musical theater forever @Lin_Manuel.”
The Obama Family
President Obama brought Sasha and Malia to Hamilton in July 2015, while First Lady Michelle Obama took in a April 2015 performance. “It is brilliant, and so much so that I’m pretty sure this is the only thing that Dick Cheney and I have agreed on — during my entire political career — it speaks to this vibrancy of American democracy, but also the fact that it was made by these living, breathing, flawed individuals who were brilliant,” President Obama said of the play in an interview with Marilynne Robinson for the New York Review of Books. “But what’s most important about [Hamilton] and why I think it has received so many accolades is it makes it live. It doesn’t feel distant. And it doesn’t feel set apart from the arguments that we’re having today. And Michelle and I, when we went to see it, the first thing we thought about was what could we do to encourage this kind of creativity in teaching history to our kids.”