Although Hamilton has been in the public conscious for over two years now, the gifts from it are still coming.
Creator Lin-Manuel Miranda stepped down from the title role of Alexander Hamilton in 2016. However, he’s still heavily involved with the show and the phenomenon its spawned.
One of the ways he stays involved is the monthly Hamildrop. Every month, Miranda and the creative team release new content from the musical. Last month, it was Weird Al Yankovic’s five-minute Hamilton polka.
Today (19 March) they released the newest Hamildrop, and it’s sure to make many theater fans happy.
Found Tonight is a mashup of two of Broadway’s biggest hits: Hamilton, naturally, and Dear Evan Hansen. It showcases The Story of Tonight from the former and You Will Be Found from the latter.
Plus, it features each show’s star, the aforementioned Miranda and Ben Platt.
Just listen to those voices.
Speak truth to power
The proceeds from the incredible song go to the March For Our Lives, a demonstration about gun control planned for 24 March. The march was planned after the Parkland shooting.
‘In the wake of Parkland, I was awestruck by the strength and leadership of the students and their ability to speak truth to power,’ Miranda said. ‘This is their moment. Not just for themselves, but for all of us. This song is my way of helping to raise funds and awareness for their efforts, and to say Thank You, and that we are with you so let’s keep fighting, together.’
Platt added: ‘When Lin called me to be a part of this mashup, I couldn’t say no. Better gun control is something that all Americans should be passionate about. These students are paving the way for future generations and it’s so inspiring to see young people standing up for what is probably the most important cause right now in this country, and demanding action. I hope that this song can play some small part in bringing about real change.’
Emma Gonzalez, a Parkland student and activist who recently received an LGBTI award, tweeted her response to the song:
I just listened to it and I can’t stop crying I’m gonna listen to this forever holy heck https://t.co/QO7PlyaAOx
— Emma González (@Emma4Change) March 19, 2018