Hollywood did not throw away its shot to participate in Lin-Manuel Miranda’s #Ham4All challenge.
When Miranda announced a charity campaign on Twitter on Monday for donations to the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition, some of the top talents in show business took to the social media platform to spit a few bars of the Tony-winning musical. In addition to a $10 donation earning chances to win tickets to the opening night performance of “Hamilton” in Los Angeles, Miranda invited participants to post videos of themselves signing a tune from the hit Broadway production.
Ed Helms broke it down on the banjo with an iconic cover of the satirical pop-inspired “You’ll Be Back,” ending the song with his signature line as “The Office’s” Andy Bernard, “Ra-da-dit-di-doo.”
— Ed Helms (@edhelms) June 30, 2017
Twitter-less “Hamilton” alum Jonathan Groff, who was joined by none other than Miranda himself, chose not to reprise his Tony-nominated role of King George III, but rather channeled Hamilton’s sister-in-law Angelica Schuyler in “Satisfied.”
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 28, 2017
Groff nominated his “Spring Awakening” co-star Lea Michele, who jokingly used the video as her audition for Aaron Burr by singing a soulful rendition of “Dear Theodosia.”
Ben Stiller and his daughter chose a less-traditional snippet, assuming the roles of Burr and Hamilton, respectively, to perform a section from the middle of the track “Nonstop.”
— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) June 26, 2017
Josh Groban took a stab at the powerful ballad originally sung by Hamilton’s wife, Eliza, with “Burn.”
— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 29, 2017
“Parks and Recreation’s” Ben Schwartz did a Miranda medley, switching off between the opening number from “Hamilton” and opener in Miranda’s other Tony-winning show, “In the Heights.”
— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) June 27, 2017
Weird Al Yankovic used his accordion for Thomas Jefferson’s show-stopping intro, “What Did I Miss?”
— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) June 27, 2017
Actor J. Quinton Johnson harmonized with himself as he took on a number of roles in “Aaron Burr, Sir.”
The #Ham4All Challenge runs June 26-July 31. “Hamilton” will be starting performances at the Pantages in L.A. Aug. 11 ahead of an opening night set for Aug. 16.