Lin-Manuel Miranda tells USA TODAY’s Brian Truitt what resonates with him now about “Hamilton,” ahead of the musical’s release to Disney+.
If you’re like us and have had the “Hamilton” movie playing on repeat since it arrived on streaming July 3, you’re probably wondering what comes next? What can I watch that will keep me satisfied?
The parodies of course.
The Broadway smash hit has spawned a variety of parodies that re-imagine the music, message or both. Here are some of our favorites:
Weird Al Yankovic’s “The Hamilton Polka”
By July 4, comic singer Weird Al Yankovic was out with a new video for “The Hamilton Polka.” The track was initially released in 2018 as part of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s “Hamildrops” series.
The hilarious video features actual scenes from the musical set to a polka medley, so it appears as if actors from the original cast, such as Daveed Diggs (Marquis de Lafayette and Thomas Jefferson) and Leslie Odom Jr. (Aaron Burr) are doing the singing.
“Huge thanks to Lin-Manuel, (director) Tommy Kail, and the rest of my Ham pals for creating the best thing ever,” Yankovic wrote on YouTube. The clip had been watched almost 1 million times as of midday Friday and had more than 2,000 comments.
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Miranda responded to Yankovic’s video on Twitter, tweeting a GIF from “Lord of the Rings.”
‘Hamilton Act 1 but it’s Muppets’
Even the Muppets are getting in on the action, with a clip of them performing the entire first act floating around on YouTube. Well, sort of.
It’s actually the work of voice actor Ricky Downes III.
Kermit the Frog is Alexander Hamilton, Gonzo is Aaron Burr, Miss Piggy is Eliza Schuyler … and, well, you get the idea.
‘Hamilton Mask-up Parody Medley’
Another popular parody reworks lyrics from the show, turning it into a commentary on the current coronavirus pandemic. The video comes from the Holderness family of Raleigh, North Carolina, which regularly produces comedy videos for social media.
Father Penn Holderness, a former TV news anchor, stars in the clip, arguing with himself over whether COVID-19 is real.
“2020. Any city,” he says. “Pardon me, do you have germs, sir? No, I don’t. And that’s my business, not yours, sir. I have my rights and have my freedom. To be sure, sir. But this corona is a sham. I’m getting nervous, sir.”
The Hillary Rodham Clinton version
A classic clip originally from just before the 2016 presidential election features actors portraying Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. It resurfaced recently.
In addition to Trump and Clinton, actors also portray a number of other politicians, including Bernie Sanders and Tim Kaine.
“Hillary … Rodham … Clinton,” the actress says. “I’m here to save us from armageddon. I just have to get past this piece of dung. Waste of space. Orange disgrace.”
“Trump” gets in plenty of digs of his own, such as this one: “How does a moon-faced schemer … wife of a cheater … elected to the New York Senate … then end up in the cabinet of her former nemesis … the president she ran against? I like to speak in yuge run-on sentences.”
Contributing: Brian Truitt, USA TODAY
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