'Hamilton' Cast To Perform At Grammys Via Satellite
February 3, 2016 at 12:15 PM (PT)
The cast of the GRAMMY-nominated musical "Hamilton" and GRAMMY winner LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA will perform on the 58th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS, directly from the RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE in NEW YORK, marking one of only four times that the GRAMMY telecast has featured a performance live via satellite.
The "Hamilton" performance will be the eighth time in history that musical theater has been featured on the GRAMMY AWARDS. Previous BROADWAY productions featured on the telecast include "Godspell" (1972); "The Magic Show" (1975); "Sophisticated Ladies" (1982); "La Cage Aux Folles" (1984); "Will Rogers Follies" (1992); "Riverdance" and "Bring In Da Noise, Bring In Da Funk" (1997); and, most recently, "American Idiot" (2010).
"The 'Hamilton' cast and crew are absolutely thrilled to be a part of this year's GRAMMY AWARDS," said MIRANDA, "Hamilton" creator, writer, and lead performer. "The music community's response to our cast album has been overwhelming, and we're honored to be a part of such a special night. To perform from our home at the RICHARD RODGERS THEATRE is a dream come true."
Catch an exclusive interview with Miranda as he talks about his musical influences, the inspiration behind "Hamilton," and how he hopes the show will expose hip-hop and musical theater to new audiences.
The "Hamilton" segment also marks the fourth time that a performance will be broadcast live via satellite on the GRAMMY AWARDS. The last time the awards telecast included a performance from another location was when AMY WINEHOUSE performed "You Know I'm No Good" and "Rehab" in LONDON during the 50th ANNUAL GRAMMY AWARDS in 2008, the same year Winehouse earned her five GRAMMYS.
Commented THE RECORDING ACADEMY Pres./CEO NEIL PORTNOW: "Melding contemporary hip-hop into a musical set in the year 1776, 'Hamilton' reimagines the traditional musical in a unique and extraordinary way that has brought BROADWAY — and our nation's history — to new audiences. With the GRAMMY AWARDS on a MONDAY this year, we have a wonderful opportunity to highlight this important musical art form on an even bigger stage for our millions of viewers worldwide to experience."
Current nominees for BEST MUSICAL THEATER ALBUM from the ORIGINAL BROADWAY CAST recording of "Hamilton" include principal soloists DAVEED DIGGS, RENEE ELISE GOLDSBERRY, JONATHAN GROFF, CHRISTOPHER JACKSON, MASMINE CEPHAS JONES, LIN-MANUAL MIRANDA, LESLIE ODOM, JR. OKIERETE ONAODOWAN, ANTHONY RAMOS and PHILLIPA SOO; producers ALEX LACAMOIRE, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, BILL SERHMAN, AHMIR THOMPSON and TARIK TROTTER; composer ALEX LACAMORE lex Lacamoire, LIN-MANUEL MIRANDA, BILL SHERMAN, AHMIR THOMPSON and TANK TROTTER; and composer/lyricist MIRANDA. MIRANDA, LACAMOIRE and SHERMAN are previous winners in this category for "In The Heights" (2008).