Watch These Kids Do a Gender-Swapped Version of Hamilton‘s “The Schuyler Sisters”
I’m not going to bury the lede: this video features three young boys doing a gender-swapped performance of “The Schuyler Sisters” from Hamilton, plus a girl opening up the song with Aaron Burr’s part. Small, adorable, mega-talented children performing gender-swapped Hamilton, folks. THIS IS NOT A DRILL.
This performance comes from MCC Theater’s “Miscast Gala,” an annual event at which Broadway stars get to perform in roles that they’d otherwise never get to do. This is sort of funny when it comes to Hamilton, though, since the show’s all about casting people in roles for which they’d ordinarily never be considered! (Refer to: every all-white production of 1776, ever.)
Anyway, in the role of Aaron Burr, we’ve got Ana Villafañe, who stars as Gloria Estefan in On Your Feet. As for the other three youngsters, that’s School of Rock’s Luca Padovan as Eliza, Les Misérables’ Joshua Colley as Angelica, and Kinky Boots’ Douglas Baldeo as Peggy. They all have promising careers in musical theatre already, so it’s not like these are just kids from a school performing a production of Hamilton … not that I wouldn’t also be thrilled to see that!
As an example, I cried like a baby the other day watching these students from Curie High School perform “Wait For It” from Hamilton:
I don’t think schools have the rights to stage Hamilton officially, because usually it’s not possible to secure the rights to perform any show that’s currently on Broadway. That said, kids performing Hamilton sounds like the best thing ever to me. I guess choruses performing sung-through versions of the score works just fine as a compromise, at least until the theatrical rights become available.
What are your favorite Hamilton covers? Throw those links at me!
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