'Hamilton' invites fans to sing for 'Saturday Night on Broadway' video amid lockdown
The Broadway musical 'Hamilton' has set its sight on a fun new initiative that was announced on March 25. Broadway theatres have been heavily hit by the coronavirus pandemic after all the shows were suspended till April. However, amid all the chaos, 'Hamilton' has come up with an interesting idea to "cast" fans for an upcoming digital 'Saturday Night on Broadway' video.
Fans of the beloved musical from around the world, who are now under lockdown, can submit videos of themselves singing 'Non-Stop', the upbeat rap song from the show.
'Hamilton' announced on Twitter last week that they will be "casting" for #HamAtHome which is an opportunity for super fans to join in the tradition of 'Saturday Night on Broadway'. In an interview on the chat show 'Live with Kelly and Ryan' shared on BroadwayWorld, Alan Cumming explained how the tradition started when he began posting videos from random locations announcing 'It's Saturday Night on Broadway'.
'Hamilton' is a celebrated musical that tells the story of American founding father Alexander Hamilton. Inspired by the 2004 biography 'Alexander Hamilton' by historian Ron Chernow, the show's music draws from genres such as hip hop, R&B, pop, soul and traditional-style show tunes.
The Twitter announcement read, "#HamAtHome Casting Notice! While we're at home staying safe, we're bringing #Hamilton to your living room! Now Seeking: #Hamilfans singing 'Non-Stop' for a chance to be included in our 3/28 digital Saturday Night on Broadway video! Submit your video using #HamAtHome."
According to Town & Country Magazine, this isn't the first time Broadway has made efforts to uplift the musical theater community. Last week, The Actors Fund announced that they will present daily mini-Broadway shows. 'Hamilton' star Lin-Manuel Miranda announced the release of a never-before-heard song from the musical, 'I Have This Friend' on Twitter. He said, "Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app. Alas. But I can send you music no one's heard. Here's a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one's heard it, not even Kail."
Selected videos for the new 'Saturday Night on Broadway' will be shared this Saturday, March 28, on the 'Hamilton' YouTube channel.