Watching a production of “Hamilton” is a once-in-a-lifetime kind of moments. It’s a rarity, which is why the tickets are so hard to come by. If you have seen “Hamilton” consider yourself lucky because very few people can say they have — especially starring Lin-Manuel Miranda. In Puerto Rico, that’s what some are experiencing right now: “Hamilton” live on stage starring Puerto Rico’s own Lin-Manuel Miranda! That sentence alone is thrilling. So, we can understand why someone in the audience of “Hamilton” would take this rare experience and want to remember it forever. Just don’t let the show’s creator catch you doing it.
Unfortunately — or fortunately — he did, and now she’ll have a story to tell.
On Jan. 16, during this particular performance in Puerto Rico, which, by the way, happens to be Miranda’s birthday, a woman in the fourth began filming the show. Miranda saw what the lady was doing, and while other Broadway actors have stopped the show during such a disturbance, he did not. Miranda — who was in the middle of the performance in which he’s a young Hamilton expressing his goals for the future while speaking to Hercules Mulligan, John Laurens, and the Marquis de Lafayette — changed his rap as so:
“Imma get a scholarship to King’s College / I prob’ly shouldn’t brad but dag, I amaze and astonish…” He then should have said “The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish,” but instead said: “LADY FILMING IN THE 4TH ROW, PLEASE STOP IT.”
He tweeted out a warning, making sure future attendees do not attempt to do the same thing: “Please don’t make me do that s*** again,” and added: “Anyway, having to think that fast within ‘My Shot’ takes a year off my life, please just enjoy the show. Otherwise you were the best crowd we ever had!”
But the story doesn’t end there. The woman emailed Miranda to apologize for her actions. The subject line read: “Sincere apology from lady filming in the 4th row.” Miranda tweeted to his fans, and the woman perhaps: “In a million years, I never… Gracias. Thanks for your apology and thanks for coming to the show. Y saludos a mami.”
Now that’s an experience she (and Miranda) will never forget.
The production of “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico ends on Jan. 27.