Lin-Manuel Miranda and cast members from the musical “Hamilton” gave a virtual performance on Thursday during a Jan. 6 event on Capitol Hill.
Miranda, the creator of the Tony Award-winning musical about the life of founding father Alexander Hamilton, introduced the performance. The cast sang “Dear Theodosia,” a song the characters Hamilton and Aaron Burr sing to their children in the musical.
“We are all stewards of the American experiment, working to pass down to our children and our grandchildren a more perfect union that treats all its citizens with fairness and equity," Miranda said.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in remarks before the performance referenced the song's lyrics "We'll make it right for you/If we lay a strong enough foundation/We'll pass it on to you."
[email protected] introduces @Lin_Manuel who introduces other Hamilton cast members to sing "Dear Theodosia." pic.twitter.com/rNRprgGrau
— CSPAN (@cspan) January 6, 2022
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The performance received applause from Pelosi and other viewers on Capitol Hill, though it was not embraced by all on social media.
The cast of Hamilton singing "Dear Theodosia" to Congress today is well, vastly, vastly, vastly preferable to last 1/6, but I am still cringing so hard it physically hurts. https://t.co/9nGse59S3H
— Meredith Haggerty (@manymanywords) January 6, 2022
Who is this for https://t.co/q1N3D7OMci
— Jared Holt (@jaredlholt) January 6, 2022
The performance came during a day of memorials at the Capitol as lawmakers marked a year since the violent insurrection in which pro-Trump rioters breached the building in hopes of derailing Congress’s certification of the 2020 presidential election.
President Joe Biden during a speech at the Capitol Thursday denounced former President Donald Trump, saying he and the mob that breached the Capitol “held a dagger at the throat of America.”
Vice President Kamala Harris in remarks at the Capitol said, “On January 6th, we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful: The lawlessness, the violence, the chaos.”
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