Today, the “world turned upside down” in the White House. The President and First Lady welcomed the cast of Broadway's Hamilton to the White House to host a day full of student workshops, Q&A, and performances, continuing their ongoing effort to highlight all different kinds of American art.
“We wanted to change things up here in the White House a little bit. We wanted to open the doors really wide to a bunch of different folks who usually donâ€™t get access to this place.”First Lady Michelle Obama
Alexander Hamilton! We've been waiting in the East Wing for you. #Bam4Ham https://t.co/AD8S0nwo98
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 9, 2016
Hamilton captures the story of our nation's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, using hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and more musical styles to bring history to life. The creative minds behind the hit show have also worked with nonprofit organizations and foundations to make the musical accessible to as many students as possible, along with developing educational materials to expand on the context of the show. Today, members of the cast workshopped this curriculum with local students in the East Wing.
We just wrapped an inspiring afternoon working with the students attending #Bam4Ham. Our nation is in good hands. pic.twitter.com/1kFPj9B1vB
— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) March 14, 2016
And of course, the President had to get in on the fun. Watch him try to freestyle-stump Lin-Manuel Miranda, the show's star, in the Rose Garden:
Wait for it… #Bam4Ham
Posted by The White House on Monday, March 14, 2016
Check out some other highlights from the day:
"We hope that the remarkable life of Alexander Hamilton will show our young people the possibilities within themselves" â€”@POTUS #Bam4Ham
— The White House (@WhiteHouse) March 14, 2016
America is not the project of any one person.
America is what we make of it. #Bam4Ham
— The First Lady (@FLOTUS) March 14, 2016