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A new version of a popular song from the Broadway hit “Hamilton” features former President Barack Obama.
Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show’s creator, has been dropping what he refers to as “Hamildrops,” which are remixes of popular songs from the musical, since November of last year.
“Hamilton,” of course, is a musical about Founding Father Alexander Hamilton.
Its mix of modern-style music and historical events made it a runaway hit on Broadway.
Obama performs in what is being billed as the “final Hamildrop.” He plays George Washington, who delivers a farewell address in the song “One Last Time” from the second act of the play.
Also featured on the remix are Chris Jackson, who starred as Washington in the original play, and BeBe Winans, a six-time Grammy winner.
“One Last Time” has George Washington telling Hamilton that they will teach Americans to say goodbye to a president together.
Obama performs this farewell address.
It’s not the former president’s first jump into the world of entertainment. He and his wife also have a deal to produce content for Netflix.
The former president is a well-known fan of “Hamilton.” Both Miranda and Jackson visited the White House in January of 2017 during his presidency and performed “One Last Time” there.
Obama said the show was “an incredible gift … it is rare that a piece of art can remind us about what’s best in ourselves.”
He added, “With that, let me know how to say goodbye.”
“Hamilton” made headlines during the 2016 presidential election when the cast, standing together, directly addressed Mike Pence, now the vice president, who was in the audience with his wife on a Friday night in November that year, just after the election.
Pence politely listened to the cast members while they put off their curtain call and preached directly to him.
“Vice President-Elect Pence, I see you walking out but I hope you will hear us just a few more moments,” said actor Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Aaron Burr, from the stage. “There’s nothing to boo here … We’re all sharing a story of love.”
“We welcome you, and we truly thank you for joining us here at ‘Hamilton: An American Musical’ — we really do,” Dixon continued. “We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we truly hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf of all of us. All of us…”