Those lucky enough to have even stood in line for a Hamilton lottery drawing have likely experienced what Lin-Manuel Miranda calls “Ham4Ham”; a little warm-up for the evening’s performance lead by either a song procession or a reading from the Ron Chernow-helmed biography that inspired Miranda’s blockbuster musical.
But yesterday, as Miranda and co-stars, Leslie Odom Jr. and Phillipa Soo, braced themselves for their final Hamilton performance (this Saturday, July 9th,) “Ham4Ham” took on a very different, very touching new meaning. Yesterday, outside of Richard Rogers Theater, Miranda recited a letter from the book that sparked a Broadway sensation, from the Founding Father to his dear Eliza, and was joined by his cast members in singing “Happy Trails” from the steps of the theater.
If you’re looking to catch Hamilton before its star and creator makes the big leap, we hope you’re ready to take out that second mortgage on the house. Tickets are still sitting at astronomical prices, but with Miranda’s departure, we just might see the drop in prices we’ve been hoping for, though it will certainly be bittersweet knowing its creator is no longer there. Don’t worry about Miranda, though. He’s got plenty in the works, making the jump to Disney (starring their forthcoming picture Moana) and will certainly be an asset to Hollywood and history buff hip-hop heads for years to come. Watch his final “Ham4Ham” down below.