Music | March 13, 2020 10:57 am

Lin-Manuel Miranda Drops Never-Before-Heard “Hamilton” Song as Broadway Goes Dark

"I Have This Friend" was a cut duet between Alexander and George Washington

The cast of Hamilton taking bows
Lin-Manuel Miranda after his final performance as Alexander Hamilton on Broadway.
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What’s the one thing that could stop the Broadway world from turning upside down? A new song from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s smash musical Hamilton, hopefully.  

On Thursday night, after all musicals and plays were suspended for 32 days, until April 12, due to coronavirus concerns, Miranda released an apparently never-before-heard song that was cut from the musical. The composer, lyricist and actor tweeted out a link to “I Have This Friend” on Soundcloud, explaining his reasoning like this:

As Miranda wrote on Soundcloud, where the song is available to stream, the tune was supposed to be a duet between Alexander Hamilton (originally played by himself) and George Washington (originally played by Christopher Jackson).

“This was my first draft of the song before The Reynolds Pamphlet. With Hamilton & Washington. I don’t think I even showed it to Tommy Kail. It would go where Hurricane is now. Stay safe out there. Love you,” he wrote.

Here’s the song in full, with Miranda singing both parts:

As veteran Broadway writer Michael Riedel notes in the New York Post, “several shows will not be able to recover” the month-long theater closure. While sell-out successes like Hamilton will be back when the Broadway ban is lifted, new plays like The Minutes and old stalwarts like The Phantom of the Opera may not be able to weather the storm.

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