John Krasinski and Lin-Manuel Miranda get 'Hamilton' cast together to surprise 9-year-old fan on her birthday
John Krasinski treated a nine-year-old 'Hamilton' fan, Aubrey, with a special surprise as he got together with the original Broadway cast on a video conference call and performed her favorite song, 'Alexander Hamilton'.
The 40-year-old actor set it up on the second episode of his YouTube show 'Some Good News', where his wife Emily Blunt — who also starred with Lin-Manuel Miranda in 'Mary Poppins Returns' (another favorite of Audrey) — joined him. The video conference call was kicked off with a performance by Miranda and soon Leslie Odom Jr. — who portrayed Aaron Burr — and Anthony Ramos — who played the dual roles of John Laurens and Philip Hamilton — added more zest and zeal.
If that was not enough, other cast members, including Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Phillipa Soo and Christopher Jackson also joined in along with Jasmine Cephas Jones, Renée Elise Goldsberry, Jonathan Groff and Javier Muñoz.
Krasinski's adorable gesture came after Aubrey's mother tweeted to the star on March 21. “We were supposed to see Hamilton in Jacksonville tonight—DD’s 9th bday present (seeing Hamilton has been her dream since she saw her 1st Broadway show last year), but we’re home watching Mary Poppins Returns instead. At least we’re safe & healthy,” she wrote.
Krasinski promised the little one he would arrange for her to see the Broadway show in New York “when it’s all over”. After the video went viral, Hamilton stars thanked the 'The Quiet Place' actor. Miranda posted, “Thanks for tonight’s good news, @johnkrasinski. ❤️,” and Diggs wrote, “Thanks for putting the band back together @johnkrasinski.”
While Aubrey was speechless, several other fans on Twitter were also taken aback. "I was just in the middle of listening to Hamilton for the hundredth time this quarantine... The Ham cast is precious and this is definitely good news," one posted and another wrote, "Just seeing @JMunozActor pop up, smiling in all his joy and glory made me church stomp and Harlem shake my way up the stairway to heaven. YAS LAWD, bless us! We are in for a treat folks. My heart is beating so fast #WAITFORIT!"
A few emotional fans wrote, "The world needed this. Thank you," and another said, "I'm about to sob." One even went on to say, "I wanna cry, happier than the birth of my brother."
Another one posted, "I cried over this! We love @Lin_Manuel and @HamiltonMusical my daughter and I were supposed to be in New York in 2 weeks for a school trip (worked hard for) and see @WICKED_Musical but hopefully, someday we can go. Be safe everyone! #HealthCareWorker."
The first episode of 'Some Good News' premiered on March 29, which featured a 'The Office' reunion with his former costar Steve Carell.