Lin-Manuel Miranda drops unreleased ‘Hamilton’ track

While Broadway goes dark, Lin-Manuel is sending some light with the never-before-heard track.
March 12, 2020 10:12 p.m. EST
March 17, 2020 12:00 a.m. EST
Let’s face it – it’s been a bit of a rough week, and we are all presumably feeling the weight of the last 24 hours. So, how about a little good news, for a change?Eager to bring some much-needed joy to his fans around the world, Lin-Manuel Miranda took to Twitter today to release a never-before-heard demo track from his hit Broadway show, Hamilton. And when we say never-before-heard… we mean it. According to his tweet, not even Miranda’s director Thomas Kail had heard it. Talk about exclusivity…The song, titled "I Have This Friend" uses a catchy melody to tell the story of Alexander Hamilton going to President George Washington for advice, in light of an impending scandal (an affair) involving Maria Reynolds. Fans of the show will recognize this as a critical plot development, and are surely thrilled to hear it brought to life in show-tune format. Following his tweet, Miranda also hung around the Twittersphere to answer fan replies, many of which were questions about the song.Miranda’s gift of new material comes at a perfect time, as New York continues to announce the cancellation of events and large gatherings amid the current COVID-19 pandemic. Earlier this afternoon, New York Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced a mandate of no gatherings of 500 people or more going into effect tomorrow at 5 p.m. local time. Understandably, Broadway is no exception, as its venues attract hundreds of people from around the world to sold-out shows. Currently, the Broadway League announced that all performances, including Hamilton, will be suspended through April 12.Similar cancellations have been rolled out in LA and San Francisco, as well.[video_embed id='1896040']RELATED: Lin-Manuel Miranda shouts out the first ‘Hamilton’ performance in Canada.[/video_embed]To appease heartbroken fans, the official Hamilton Twitter account also sprung into action by doing a #HamAtHome show tonight, in which they live-tweeted the lyrics from the show in real time. Almost as if the show was happening as scheduled, fans were able to follow along with the hashtag to get a taste of the Broadway magic (the Twitter version, at least).

Miranda, thank you for helping us end our day on a lighter note.

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