Lin-Manuel Miranda Changed Three 'Hamilton' Lyrics for London Run
References to John Adams, Weehawken and the Potomac River didn't make it across the pond.
Hamilton has traveled across the pond — with a few tweaks.
The musical's creator, Lin-Manuel Miranda, tweeted on Tuesday morning that "three tiny lyrics" were changed for the open-ended London run, which officially started Dec. 21 at the Victoria Palace Theatre.
A handful of expert fans noted that they caught the changes. First, in "Take a Break," Alexander Hamilton's John Adams reference has been clarified to now reference the man's job title ("Angelica, tell my wife, Vice President isn’t a real job anyway").
The other two tweaks are in lyrics sung by Aaron Burr: in the climactic song "The Room Where It Happens," the line “Well, I propose the Potomac” has become "Invite him over, propose it" to no longer reference the Potomac River. Likewise, Burr's duel proposal in "Your Obedient Servant" more broadly points to New Jersey instead of just the town of Weehawken ("New Jersey, dawn, guns drawn"). Of the latter, Miranda noted that Londoners "thought it was 'we hawkin'.'"
The rest of the very detailed hit musical remains, as Miranda knows the show based on American history will still translate internationally. Last year, he told The Hollywood Reporter of opening in London, "It’s funny, I’ve been in the U.K. for most of the year, and people ask, 'How do you think it’s gonna play here, since most of us [in London] don’t know American history?' Well, most Americans don’t know American history! I certainly didn’t know most of what’s in my show before I read Ron Chernow’s book and got engaged in it because Hamilton’s personal story is what engaged me. I believe that holds true, no matter where you’re from."
Hamilton remains one of the toughest tickets on Broadway, where it has grossed $303 million to date at the Richard Rodgers Theatre. The show is also playing in Chicago and is on tour in San Diego. A second U.S. national tour begins in February in Seattle, and a limited engagement will play next year in Puerto Rico, with Miranda reprising the titular role.
Yeah you got em!— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 9, 2018