A “Hamilton” fan got front row seats on Zoom to a special surprise performance this weekend.
After hearing that a 9-year-old girl named Aubrey missed her shot to see the musical live due to the COVID-19 outbreak, Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of the Broadway smash joined John Krasinski and Emily Blunt to sing the show’s opening number “Alexander Hamilton.”
The performance came after Krasinski saw the “Hamilton” fan’s tweet about missing the show (she watched “Mary Poppins Returns,” starring Miranda and Blunt, instead). The actor invited Aubrey onto his new quarantine talk show, “Some Good News,” where she chatted with Krasinski and Blunt before Miranda made a surprise appearance on the video call.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 6, 2020
Shortly into their conversation, Miranda summoned Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo, Christopher Jackson, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff and Javier Muñoz, who all performed “Alexander Hamilton” from their homes.
The segment took off on Twitter, with fans excitedly reporting how the impromptu appearance brought the show to them.
I too finally got tickets to Hamilton for my two best friends, one of whom turns 70 today, and another of whom turned 81 in March. So Happy Birthday Nancy and Lois! We couldn't go to #Hamilton, so it came to us. @Lin_manuel https://t.co/Sdd7NMFJOa via @YouTube
— julie k. brown (@jkbjournalist) April 6, 2020
“There’s a million things I haven’t done, but just you wait.”
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 6, 2020
Krasinski launched the DIY YouTube show “Some Good News” last week with the aim of highlighting stories that made people happy or smile recently. Aiding him on this quest during the inaugural episode was his former co-star from “The Office” Steve Carell.
“For years now, I’ve been wondering, why is there not a news show dedicated entirely to good news,” Krasinski posed at the beginning of his first video. “Well, desperately seeking my fix somewhere else, I reached out to all of you this week, asking — nay, begging — for some good news. And boy, did you deliver. After reading those replies and the incredibly heartwarming stories that came with them, I thought, ‘All right. Enough is enough, world. Why not us? Why not now?’ So, ladies and gentlemen, this is your fault, and this is SGN. I’m John Krasinski, and if it isn’t clear yet, I have absolutely no idea what I’m doing.”
The second edition of “Some Good News” highlighted efforts by people around the country to provide hand-sewn protective gear to medical staff who are currently facing shortages on the front lines. Krasinski also nodded to businesses big and small that have shifted their focus to create supplies.
For a bit of levity, the show brought on guest Robert De Niro to host a very short weather segment. (The forecast, according to De Niro? “Looks pretty good.”)
At the top of the show, Krasinski ribbed viewers by saying that he noticed some copycats, citing the various off-shoots that have popped up around the internet after he debuted his show.
“That kind of behavior is not only SGN approved, it’s encouraged,” Krasinski said after showing a reel of shows inspired by “Some Good News.” “Because I am very well aware I’m only delivering the good news, you are the good news.”