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Barack Obama Launches Lin-Manuel Miranda's "Hamildrops" series Full Circle: NPR



Former US President Barack Obama visits the latest Hamilton remix.

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Former US President Barack Obama visits the latest Hamilton remix.

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Let's look back: Hamilton effectively debuted in the Obama White House when in 2009 a fresh-faced Lin-Manuel Miranda lamented an early draft of a concept album of the time about the late Finance Minister. When the hit musical we met in 2015 landed on Broadway, the first family was in the previews, and the president was able to issue a standing ovation at the curtain. When the original cast was to leave the show a year later, Miranda returned the party to Washington, staged a revue of her biggest White House members, and challenged Obama himself in a freestyle gag that would be one of the finalists (and most memorable) Pop culture stunts of his two semesters.

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And now, this one. As the final of Miranda's "Hamildrops," a monthly series of outtakes and reimaginations with some hard-nosed collaborators (The Decemberists, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Sara Bareilles, a posthumous mobb Deep), he unveiled a track today with Barack Obama himself. [19659010] Produced by Christopher Jackson – Hamilton Original George Washington – as well as BeBe Winans and an impressive gospel choir "One Last Time (44 Remix)" use an emotional turning point to the show to mark the end of America's first presidency to reduce the last. In the midst of his church ordinance, where Miranda would normally have slumped to read Washington's dictated farewell address, Obama's distinctive voice appears instead – the viral "Yes We Can" video from the 2008 campaign, the "One Last Time" in the first inspired place. It is an understatement to call it a full circle moment.


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