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- On meeting each other, Hamilton and Aaron Burr form an instant bond, if not in the way that Hamilton intended. Burr hears that Hamilton punched out the bursar for "looking at me like I was stupid," only repeats, "You punched the bursar" and buys him a drink. He then offers advice to, "Talk less, smile more." This contrasts with what Burr says to Mulligan, Lafayette and Laurens, which is a bit more Brutally Honest.
- Hamilton and Lafayette's friendship moment before the Battle of Yorktown, though their parting is a tad bittersweet considering Lafayette's actor plays the antagonistic Thomas Jefferson in the second act and, historically, this is the last time the two men see each other.
Hamilton: What happens if we win?
Lafayette: I go back to France! I bring freedom to my people if I'm given the chance!
Hamilton: We'll be with you when you do.
Lafayette: Go lead your men.
Hamilton: See you on the other side!
Lafayette: 'Til we meet again!
- Elizabeth reconciling with Alexander during "It's Quiet Uptown".
- Every part of "Take A Break", but especially Philip performing his poem and Elizabeth joyously announcing her sister's arrival.
"Alexander, come downstairs — Angelica's arriving today!"
- "Dear Theodosia", Hamilton and Burr declaring love to their children and vowing to be the best fathers they can be.
You will come of age with our young nation
We'll bleed and fight for you, we'll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We'll pass it on to you, we'll give the world to you
- This part from Burr's first verse is enough to bring tears to your eyes.
When you came into the world, you cried and it broke my heart
I'm dedicating every day to you
Domestic life was never quite my style
When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart
- Both men singing, "My father wasn't around... I swear that I'll be around for you."
- The normally verbose Hamilton is so overcome with emotions that he reverts to the simplest rhymes and structures. O.O.C. Is Serious Business indeed.
- This song is heartwarming on a meta level as well. During each performance, when Burr bows his head, Leslie would say a little prayer for his unborn daughter. By the end of his run, he had said over 500 prayers for her.
- Hamilton's new-dad enthusiasm in "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)".
Gonna start a new nation! Gonna meet my son!
- Also, at the end of the song, everyone joyfully screaming, "WE WON!" It's a major Hell Yes moment for our heroes.
- "Best of Wives and Best of Women" is a very brief moment, but it's still sweet to see how much Alexander genuinely adores Eliza.
- As much as they may be enemies, even Jefferson is surprised when Adams stoops to racial slurs "Creole Bastard" against Hamilton
- In the finale, Eliza talking to a dead Alexander about everything she did after he passed away in his memory. "Oh, and can I show you what I'm proudest of?" The fact that she established the first private orphanage in New York City, and helped hundreds of children who were orphaned like Alexander.
- Angelica rushing all the way from London to comfort Eliza after Alexander publicly humiliated her in "The Reynolds Pamphlet". note And her scathing rebuke of her brother-in-law for his infidelity.
I love my sister more than anything in this life
I will choose her happiness over mine, every time
- Washington stepping down as president because he believes it's what's best for America to grow as a nation. Hamilton is shocked and begs him to reconsider, but eventually comes to the same conclusion and the two craft Washington's Farewell Address together. Washington also says all he wants in return for his years of service is to return home and live out the rest of his life in peace.
If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I'm gone
Like the scripture says
Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid
They'll be safe in the nation we've made
- The sheer happiness all the characters have in "The Schuyler Sisters" - so many exciting things are happening, so many new ideas are being discussed, and the whole cast cries joyfully "Look around, look around, how lucky we are to be alive right now!"
- Peggy during the song is a One-Scene Wonder; although she has misgivings about breaking their dad's curfew and mentions they're not supposed to go downtown, she goes with her sisters. She also says her main fears about the war are that because "Daddy wants to go to war" he may get hurt, and "violence is coming to our shore." She's not only worried about disobeying her father, but also about his safety, and the safety of everyone in their city. All the Schuyler sisters have minds of their own, and Peggy is an Adorably Precocious Child Wise Beyond Their Years.
- Angelica's version of the events of the ball in "Satisfied" is tearjerking in places, but the fact that she knows Eliza so well to know when she's lying, and that she's willing to sacrifice her own happiness to keep Eliza happy is so sweet.
- To elaborate: Angelica doesnt just stand aside so Eliza can have Alexander, she introduces them. She ensures that they end up together because, even though Angelica can't have her happy ending with Alex, her little sister sure as Hell can.
- Likewise, she says she does it because Eliza would do the same for her. Eliza would give up her happiness for her big sister, but Angelica can't let that happen as the older sibling. "First Burn" confirms that Eliza always knew how her husband was attracted to Angelica, but knew that her sister would never betray her.
- In "That Would Be Enough" Alexander (temporarily) returns from the warfront and reunites with Eliza. She confesses to asking Washington to send him home and tells him that she's pregnant with their first child. When Alexander expresses his insecurities about his lack of wealth and accomplishments, Eliza assures him that she will be always be happy as long as they're together.
If this child shares a fraction of your smile,
or a fragment of your mind,
then look out, world — that would be enough.
I don't pretend to know
the challenges you're facing,
the worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind...
But I'm not afraid.
I know who I married.
- Also what she says to Alexander before can be very reassuring not only to him, but to anyone who doubts their value and place in the world.
Look at where you are,
look at where you started.
The fact that you're alive is a miracle,
just stay alive,
that would be enough.
- Burr congratulating Hamilton on his wedding, once again telling him to "smile more", this time meant in a much friendlier context than normal, and Hamilton expressing a desire to meet Burr's girlfriend, Theodosia. (Who would eventually go on to be his wife and mother of his daughter.)
Hamilton: If you love this woman, go get her!
- Eliza describing her falling in love with Hamilton in "Helpless."
Laughing at my sister as she's dazzling the room. Then you walked in, and my heart went boom.
- Hamilton goes to Philip Schuyler Sr. to ask for his blessing so he can marry Eliza. While Eliza worries that her father will say no, Philip Sr. merely pats his future son-in-law's shoulder and says, "Be true" to his daughter. Then he goes to get champagne as the girls dance happily. When he caught Hamilton doing a silly Happy Dance by knocking his knees around, he waits for a moment with a befuddled expression for Alexander to compose himself, offers him a glass of champagne, and clinks, grinnnig. You can see why Hamilton treats Philip Sr. as his own father.
- A brief moment, but when Alexander is talking to Eliza about his past and his lack of family or wealth, he mentions how every member of the family brings out something new in him, including, "Peggy confides in me." Awww.
- "Hurricane" is mostly just plain sad, but when Alexander describes the way complete strangers were moved by his writings and raised money for him to go to America...
- The very, very end. Eliza, after singing about how she worked to uphold Alexander's legacy, glances out to the audience, and gasps in astonishment. It's implied she can see them — as in, she can see all the people who just witnessed everything she and her husband did. The musical's version of Eliza, at least, knows her efforts weren't for nothing.
- The Friendship Song between Hamilton, Laurens, Lafayette, and Mulligan "The Story of Tonight". The first time, it's sung in a genuine brotherhood, duty, and loyalty manner from beginning to end. The second time, it's just as sweet but it's playful and fun at Hamilton's wedding. And then comes "The World Was Wide Enough". The last words we ever hear Hamilton say are "Raise a glass to freedom..."
- Leslie Odom Jr. has gone on record saying that as soon as he saw this scene, he wanted in on the project.
- In the midst of "My Shot," Hamilton breaks off at the height of an impassioned rant to deliver this disclaimer to his new friends, with a suddenly anxious and earnest delivery that's especially touching coming after the Hot-Blooded boasting that characterizes much of the rest of the song:
Oh, am I talking too loud?
Sometimes I get over-excited, shoot off at the mouth
I never had a group of friends before
I promise that I'll make y'all proud!
- Very subtle one, but during the first Cabinet Battle, near the beginning of Alexander's verse, Thomas Jefferson starts clapping for him as if he's at least somewhat impressed by Hamilton's rapping.
- The Reynolds Pamphlet is a dark, gloating song about Hamilton's fall from grace, and his enemies even rub it in his son's face. Poor Phillip is devastated, but in the staged version, Burr seems visibly a tad less enthusiastic when Phillip comes along, and gives him a little pat on the shoulder, feeling sorry for him.
- When Hamilton finds Burr is campaigning to be President, Burr says why he's doing it.
Im chasing what I want
And you know what?
I learned that from you
- At the beginning of "The Election of 1800," Jefferson comments, "Poor Alexander Hamilton, he is missing in action," referencing the fact that Hamilton's son just died. It's easier to catch if you see it live, where this is accompanied by Jefferson sadly shaking his head, but the line isn't said in a mocking or gloating manner at all — Jefferson actually seems to feel genuinely sorry for Hamilton's loss.
- "But I'm not afraid. I know who I married." Both times.
- The fierce, triumphant pride that Burr's narration carries in the opening song, detailing Hamilton's rise from tragedy.
Burr: There would have been nothin left to do
For someone less astute
He woulda been dead or destitute
Without a cent of restitution
- In a way, Laurens challenging Charles Lee to a duel over his badmouthing Washington. Hotheaded and immature? Sure. But it goes to show how much Washington's men love him.
- Also, consider, Washington has to expressly tell Hamilton not to do a thing- as in Hamilton was ready to march over to Lee and throw down the gauntlet even quicker than Laurens. In fact, the only reason it's Laurens in that duel and Hamilton is only the second is because Hamilton respects Washington enough not to directly go against his orders to defend Washington's honour.
- Immediately after the duel, Washington proves himself the bigger man by not only calling for a doctor, but making it clear to Lee that he is not happy about what Hamilton and Laurens just did.
- In some stagings, Laurens tries to follow Hamilton when Washington tells him to "meet him inside" so he can ream him out, implying he wants to defend Hamilton or take the fall for him. Hamilton refuses to let him, silently telling Laurens to stay back and avoid getting in worse trouble, accepting that he has to take the heat for this alone.
- When Madison lapses into a coughing fit during the first Cabinet Battle, Jefferson goes over to him and checks to make sure he's okay. Even the bad guys have friends.
- In a weird way, King George III slamming John Adams in comparison to George Washington, making it clear that he doubts anyone will be able to replace him. At the start of the song, he actually sounds a little sad that Washington's leaving the position. In real life, King George actually seemed to respect Washington for stepping away from the presidency, commenting, "If he does that, he'll be the greatest man in the world."
- Mulligan considers himself to be 'in loco parentis' (in place of a parent) for Hamilton and co. This was also true of the man in real life. He met Hamilton shortly after the latter arrived in New York, and offered to house him while he went to King's College. It was Mulligan who inspired Hamilton to become a revolutionary.
- It's very subtle, but in "Nonstop" when Hamilton knocks on Burr's door in the middle of the night, the latter calls him Alexander. It's a very familiar way to greet someone by the time period's standards.
- The workshop recording of "Schuyler Defeated" has Eliza (with Philip) learn the news of Burr's Senate victory and, knowing her husband who take it personally, rushes out to hopefully prevent any further disputes. Once she finally reaches Burr and her husband, she defuses the situation by asking about Theodosias, to which Burr references his wife's illness. Then she asks about his daughter, and he quite expectantly describes young Theodosia as a treasure and notes that Philip is about the same age at her. It doesn't lighten the tension between Hamilton and Burr, but you can tell Burr is quite fond of Eliza's compassion.
- When Burr finds out Philip intends to duel Eacker, he begs Hamilton to call the whole thing off. Burr and Hamilton might not see eye-to-eye on a lot of things, but he'll be damned if he's gonna let the son get himself killed in a duel.
- As if Eliza opening the first private orphanage in New York City wasn't beautiful enough, Philippa Soo, who originated the role of Eliza, volunteers with Graham-Windham, the orphanage's modern-day incarnation.
- Lin-Manuel Miranda has also said that he plans to donate some of the money he received for the MacArthur Genius grant to Graham-Windham. The popularity of the show also seems to have raised Graham-Windham's profile, with fans finding out that what Eliza Hamilton was proudest of is still making her proud today.
- Recently, Phillipa Soo and Lin-Manuel Miranda visited some of the kids from Graham-Windham to perform the show's final song, "Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story", which mentions the creation of the orphanage. When Soo sang Eliza's line "And when my time is up, have I done enough?" the kids sang back "Eliza, you have done enough!" The fact that Eliza Hamilton's actions are still echoing back after over 150 years...
- Just the sheer amount of interest in the lives of the Schuyler sisters, John Laurens, Hercules Mulligan, and Aaron Burr this musical has caused. In school, unless you're taking a highly specific college course, you might learn about Eliza, as she was Hamilton's wife, but probably nothing more than her name. (How many people didn't know about everything she did after Hamilton died until this show came along?) Aaron Burr, you'd only hear about because he killed Hamilton, but not much (if anything) else and Laurens, Mulligan and the other two Schuyler sisters would be lucky if they're mentioned at all. Now, thanks to this show, thousands of fans are researching them and learning about their lives! No more will their names be half-forgotten — now, people everywhere are taking an interest in their legacies. Which is, probably, exactly what Hamilton would've wanted.
- Many immigrants and children of immigrants have cited the lyric "Immigrants: we get the job done" as their favorite line in the show. At lot of them have experienced prejudice because of their foreign backgrounds, but seeing people like them portrayed as great heroes was extremely uplifting and comforting. This was undoubtedly Miranda's intention, since his own father was a Puerto Rican immigrantnote .
- Also the crowd reaction to the line and the high five was so massive across the board that Lin Manuel Miranda had to add bars to the song to accommodate it. However even with the added bars it doesn't even come close to covering the length of applause and cheers it's getting and they'll likely have to add more.
- Women backup dancers appearing in the revolutionary army during "Yorktown." Women did fight in the American revolution, but often they had to pose as men, and were disgraced if caught. Deborah Sampson was one of the few who managed to earn an honorable discharge when a doctor had to out her.
- When Christopher Jackson was asked in an interview about his relationship with Lin Manuel Miranda, which stretches back to Miranda's first musical "In the Heights," Jackson had this to say:
Jackson: I used to walk in the theater when we were doing In the Heights, knowing that one of my responsibilities was to look out for my little brother. If there was a problem in the company that was cast-related, they came to me. It was important for me to shield him from knowing what eight shows a week was. He was my guy, and he still is my guy. But even in a friendship like that, it's easy to see his brilliance on a daily basis, and see how becoming a father has affected him. He's the kind of dude who makes you better. Being around him makes you want to write more, do more. Same kind of effect people have when they come see the show: "I gotta go write, I gotta go write." I often have that. I see him finishing a demo for something and I go, "I have to go write."
- The second digital "Ham4Ham" had Miranda reunite with former students of his music teacher, spanning over 20 years, to perform her song about Martin Luther King Jr. on MLK Day. Her reaction is priceless (if you look it up, bring tissues).
- This Valentine's Day "Ham4Ham" gives Hamilton some "Sesame Street" Cred. Lin-Manuel Miranda's Squee at the end is nothing short of adorable!
- Lin-Manuel Miranda's acceptance rap upon Hamilton winning the Grammy for Best Musical Album ends with "Sebastian, your daddy's bringing home a Grammy for you!"
- The Hamilton cast in March performed several of their songs at the White House, which doubles as a Moment of Awesome. Before they perform, however, President Obama recounts how six years ago Miranda when Hamilton was still a concept album performed the opening song at the White House; the video of that is actually online. Our president proceeds to commend Miranda for taking a risk on performing an in-progress song on the audience, who laughed good-naturedly, and for writing a musical that captures revolution and the life of a Founding Father.
- Alexander and Peggy Schuyler's friendship extended a lot more in real life. Doubles as a Tearjerker, While Peggy was giving into her illness in 1801, Alexander stayed by her side until she died and while Eliza couldn't make it to her funeral, Alexander wrote her a letter saying a lot of people attended it and he went in her place. Alex and Peggy were really close friends in real life.
- This interview with both Lin-Manuel Miranda and William Daniels, who originated the role of John Adams in 1776. Daniels talks about how excited he is to see Hamilton (and when Miranda offers to arrange it) insists on paying for his tickets, because he knows how closely they'll be watching the show's gross. Miranda tells Daniels one of the reasons the show can get away with Adams being an entirely offstage character is because of how iconic his portrayal was— everyone will just picture William Daniels' version of the character and know exactly what they're talking about. Miranda also says, when Mr. Feeny is mentioned, that he'd need another hour to talk about what that role meant to him.
- On average the "Who's Who In the Cast" section of a playbill is a simple mini bio of each of the cast members previous works and sometimes their educational background. Lin-Manuel Miranda's does mostly the same with one special exception at the very end:
For Vanessa. Best of wives and best of women.
- Lin and the cast dance to "Let's Go Crazy" after the curtain call to pay tribute to Prince.
- During the Ham4Ham show the day of the Broadway opening, Lin read the first few paragraphs from Rob Chernow's "Alexander Hamilton", which mainly discussed Eliza during the last few years of her life. Lin starts choking up as he reads, and it truly shows how much he cares about being able to tell the stories of these historical figures.
- The actresses for the Schuyler Sisters are all only children/only have brothers in the case of Renée, so as they told CBS during an interview, acting allowed them to experience sisterhood.
- The Tony Awards is chock full of these moments.
- The utter look of pride on Lin-Manuel Miranda's face when his costars (Renee, Daveed and Leslie) won Tonys.
- Meta-wise, Leslie Odom Jr. winning the Best Leading Actor award. Burr, who in the musical is cast aside and feels second-best to Hamilton, ends up beating his actor.
- And Lin-Manuel actually looked more thrilled at Leslie winning than Leslie himself did.
- "The Schuyler Sisters" providing an encore ending number to the night, with the company dressed in their Tony ware and performing the choreography.
- During the "On Your Feet" performance, the two kids from the company run off stage after their solo to pull Lin up from his seat and dances with him in the aisle. The company did a ham4ham show a couple months ago, and these kids remembered and wanted to include Lin in their fun as well.
- Out of respect for the victims of the Orlando nightclub shooting that occurred hours earlier, it was decided prior to the awards that prop muskets would not be incorporated into the performance of "Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"
- Lin-Manuel Miranda's speech, which is a couplet and an ode to his wife. He starts tearing up while reading it aloud, and his wife has a bittersweet expression as he recites it. Lin's speech also commemorates the lives lost in the tragic Orlando nightclub shooting:
Lin: My wife's the reason anything gets done.
She nudges me towards promise by degrees.
She is a perfect symphony of one,
Our son is her most beautiful reprise.
We chase the melodies that seem to find us,
Until they're finished songs and start to play.
When senseless acts of tragedy remind us,
That nothing here is promised, not one day.
This show is proof that history remembers.
We live through times when hate and fear seem stronger.
We rise and fall and light from dying embers.
Remembrances that hope and love lasts long.
And love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love is love
Cannot be killed or swept aside,
I sing Vanessa's symphony, Eliza tells her story.
Now fill the world with music, love, and pride.
- This also ended up getting incorporated into the Jennifer Lopez song "Love Makes the World Go Round" after Lin was invited to do the bridge.
- One lovely bonus to the attention the show brought to its subjects is the discovery that their currently living descendants Alexandra Hamilton Woods and Antonio Burr became good friends after discovering their connection, and are now kayaking buddies quite close to where the duel occurred.
- A couple from Lin, Leslie, Pippa, and Ariana DeBose's last show:
- Insane standing ovations for not just the exiting actors, but also notable actors like Chris Jackson.
- When the final bows for the Fab Four finally arrive, the other three cede the last bow to Lin, and the crowd is already going nuts - then, Lac has the orchestra play the West Wing theme song to send him off. Lin looks justifiably overwhelmed.
- According to an interview Lin did backstage at the Tonight Show, there weren't a ton of things that blindsided him, since he knew the last show would be an emotional one. The one thing he didn't prepare for? Hamilton salutes Washington at the end of "History Has Its Eyes On You" - that night, Washington saluted back.
- More Hamilton/Washington: neither Lin nor Chris could get through "One Last Time" without crying.
- Everyone sang along with King George!
- The exits of Lin, Leslie, Pippa, and Ariana were followed by that of Daveed Diggs, the Tony-winning originator of Lafayette and Jefferson. Like Lin, he got a huge standing ovation when he took his final bow - and, like with Lin, someone had to push him out to take the big center-stage bow he deserved.
- Look carefully at the guy who pushes him out for another bow: it looks like the man who plays Hamilton. So, in a way, Hamilton has enough respect for even one of his most bitter political rivals to give him his due respect.
- Take a closer look - it's Burr.
- That makes it even better, actually, taking songs like "Washington On Your Side" into account and how close Burr gets with him and Madison. Even after being dismissed when Jefferson changes the rule about the person with the second-most votes becoming VP, Burr still respects his being president. The subtext...so unintentional, but so delicious...
- At the end of Jefferson's rap in the first Cabinet Battle he performs a Mic Drop with James Madison catching it before it hits the ground. For Daveed's final show Okieriete deliberately didn't catch the mic and let it drop to the stage.
- This music video of The Schuyler Sisters, with three actual sisters playing Angelica, Eliza and Peggy. Peggy's actress is a total Moe.
- The PBS documentary, Hamilton's America, is dripping with this. Every second shows the love and passion for the play, not just from the creators but from everyone who it's touched. Everyone from celebrities to politicians to US immigrants.
- Leslie and Lin dancing outside the building where Hamilton and Jefferson had their meeting about the capital.
- The documentary showing a lot of sympathy for Aaron Burr.
- President Obama saying So Proud of You to Lin when the latter comes to the White House again.
- Given that "One Last Time" is all about a president leaving office, the documentary makes sure to show Obama's reaction to it, as he's coming to the end of his second term. What is it? Leading a standing ovation and hugging Chris.
- During the curtain call for the show in Chicago the cast and crew pay tribute to the Chicago Cubs after they win the World Series. The orchestra director climbs out of the pit wearing a Cubs hat before unfurling a "W" flag. The cast, led by Hamilton actor Miguel Cervantes, then launches into "Go Cubs Go" with modified lyrics - "WE WON THE WORLD SERIES YESTERDAY!"
- Anthony Ramos, Renee Elise Goldsberry, and Chris Jackson have also left the show. Lin has given proper send-offs to each, but it's really sweet that when original ensemble member Carleigh Bettiol announced she was also leaving the show, Lin also made sure to congratulate her on his Twitter. He cares about everyone, main cast, ensemble, and beyond.
- When the Obamas attended a performance where Javier Munoz was acting as Hamilton's alternate (prior to his taking over the role full time after Miranda's departure), he fully expected Miranda to override the schedule and take the role himself. Instead, Munoz was allowed to go on as planned.
- This animatic of the finale is very emotional, but also has extra heartwarming, in that it shows Eliza reuniting with her sisters and her son in Heaven, and then meeting John Laurens, who thanks her for all she's done and tells her she did a great job. And then he escorts her to Hamilton himself. Cue the Big Damn Kiss.
Laurens: Eliza, there is something I wanted to tell you: thank you for all you've done.
Eliza: Do you think I've done enough?
Laurens: You are an incredible woman, Eliza. (smiling) He couldn't stop talking about you!
- In a sadder subtext, seeing Alexander reuniting with his old friends in the afterlife has a sort of bittersweet heartwarming feel to it.
- For those sympathetic to Maria Reynolds, the fact she arguably had one the best fates of most of the characters is nice to know. She divorced James (with Burr as her divorce lawyer of all people) two years after the affair and despite losing custody of her daughter, went on to live a good life (Burr took custody of her daughter Susan and made sure she got educated). After another failed marriage, Maria returned to America and became a housekeeper for a doctor named Joseph Matthew (Mathieu in his original French). The pair married in 1806 and remained so until her death 22 years later in 1828. She even reunited with her daughter when the latter was 23 and came to live with her. She became a grandmother in circa 1812 to Susan's daughter, Mary Josepha (heartwarming in itself since Mary appears to have been named for her grandmother and step-grandfather) and lived to just shy of her 60th birthday.