Lin-Manuel Miranda does live rewrite onstage to call out audience member for filming ‘Hamilton’
If you doubt Lin-Manuel Miranda’s genius (and what’s wrong with you if you do?), then you need look no further than Wednesday night’s performance of “Hamilton” in Puerto Rico.
Miranda, who is once again performing the title role in a limited run, was just getting started on one of the show’s iconic songs — “My Shot” — when he noticed a woman in the audience filming him.
For those who don’t regularly attend the theater, that’s a serious no-no.
So, how did Miranda handle it? Why, he rewrote the song’s lyrics — on the spot — to call her out.
The actual lyrics are: “I’ma get a scholarship to King’s College, I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish. The problem is I got a lot of brains but no polish”
But Miranda changed them to: “I’ma get a scholarship to King’s College, I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but dag, I amaze and astonish. Lady filming in the fourth row, please stop it.”
That’s some serious skills, people.
One audience member tweeted that an audible gasp could be heard throughout the theater, followed by a bit of laughter.
As if that wasn’t perfect enough, it was his 39th birthday.
Seeing as he wrote the song, Miranda won’t be facing any issues with copyright infringement.
Actors don’t normally stop a performance to address audience members’ poor behavior. Although it has been known to happen.
If Twitter’s reaction is any indication, fans were well behind Miranda’s actions.
Epic. I wish I had been there.
— Betty Fernau (@abfernau) January 16, 2019
i’m screaming well done pic.twitter.com/J8fVoMGnU8
— holly💕 (@hollylouiseagb) January 16, 2019
Oh god you did not call out a lady for bootlegging you in a show.. on your birthday… in front of 2000 people…
In the middle of a song.
— Summer shaxon (@SShaxon) January 16, 2019
Smooth. Very smooth.
— moos (@cupcakemoosje) January 16, 2019
And you still managed to make it rhyme seamlessly??? 👑🙌🏻 pic.twitter.com/dZlQ6bOzrb
— Micayla (@MicaylaZee) January 16, 2019
This is honestly next level and I love you even more than I already did, right now.
— Bunny (@itsmemaeve) January 16, 2019