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BURR
How does a bastard, orphan, son of a whore and a
Scotsman, dropped in the middle of a
Forgotten spot in the Caribbean by providence
Impoverished, in squalor
Grow up to be a hero and a scholar?
LAURENS
The ten-dollar founding father without a father
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter
By being a self-starter
By fourteen, they placed him in charge of a
Trading charter
JEFFERSON
And every day while slaves were being slaughtered and carted
Away across the waves, he struggled and kept his guard up
Inside, he was longing for something to be a part of
The brother was ready to beg, steal, borrow, or barter
MADISON
Then a hurricane came, and devastation reigned
Our man saw his future drip, dripping down the drain
Put a pencil to his temple, connected it to his brain
And he wrote his first refrain, a testament to his pain
BURR
Well, the word got around, they said, “This kid is insane, man”
Took up a collection just to send him to the mainland
“Get your education, don’t forget from whence you came, and
The world is gonna know your name. What’s your name, man?”
HAMILTON
Alexander Hamilton
My name is Alexander Hamilton
And there’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait, just you wait…
ELIZA
When he was ten his father split, full of it, debt-ridden
Two years later, see Alex and his mother bed-ridden
Half-dead sittin' in their own sick, the scent thick
COMPANY
And Alex got better but his mother went quick
WASHINGTON
Moved in with a cousin, the cousin committed suicide
Left him with nothin’ but ruined pride, something new inside
A voice saying
WASHINGTON
“You gotta fend for yourself.” COMPANY
“Alex, you gotta fend for yourself.”
WASHINGTON
He started retreatin’ and readin’ every treatise on the shelf
BURR
There would have been nothin’ left to do
For someone less astute
He woulda been dead or destitute
Without a cent of restitution
Started workin’, clerkin’ for his late mother’s landlord
Tradin’ sugar cane and rum and all the things he can’t afford
Scammin’ for every book he can get his hands on
Plannin’ for the future see him now as he stands on
The bow of a ship headed for a new land
In New York you can be a new man
COMPANY
Scammin’
Plannin’
Oooh…
COMPANY
In New York you can
Be a new man—
In New York you can
Be a new man—
HAMILTON
Just you wait!
Just you wait!
COMPANY
In New York you can be a new man—
WOMEN
In New York—
MEN
New York—
HAMILTON
Just you wait!
COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton
We are waiting in the wings for you
You could never back down
You never learned to take your time!
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
When America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?
Will they know you rewrote the game?
The world will never be the same, oh
BURR
The ship is in the harbor now
See if you can spot him
Another immigrant
Comin’ up from the bottom
His enemies destroyed his rep
America forgot him COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton
Waiting in the wings for you
You never learned to take your time!
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton…
America sings for you
Will they know what you overcame?
Will they know you rewrote the game?
The world will never be the same, oh
MEN
Just you wait
COMPANY
Just you wait
MULLIGAN/MADISON & LAFAYETTE/JEFFERSON
We fought with him
LAURENS/PHILIP
Me? I died for him
WASHINGTON
Me? I trusted him
ELIZA & ANGELICA & PEGGY/MARIA
Me? I loved him
BURR
And me? I’m the damn fool that shot him
COMPANY
There’s a million things I haven’t done
But just you wait!
BURR
What’s your name, man?
COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton!
COMPANY
1776. New York City
HAMILTON
Pardon me. Are you Aaron Burr, sir?
BURR
That depends. Who’s asking?
HAMILTON
Oh, well, sure, sir
I’m Alexander Hamilton, I’m at your service, sir
I have been looking for you
BURR
I’m getting nervous
HAMILTON
Sir…
I heard your name at Princeton. I was seeking an accelerated course of study when I got sort of out of sorts with a buddy of yours. I may have punched him. It’s a blur, sir. He handles the financials?
BURR
You punched the bursar
HAMILTON
Yes!
I wanted to do what you did. Graduate in two, then join the revolution. He looked at me like I was stupid, I’m not stupid
So how’d you do it? How’d you graduate so fast?
BURR
It was my parents’ dying wish before they passed
HAMILTON
You’re an orphan. Of course! I’m an orphan
God, I wish there was a war!
Then we could prove that we’re worth more
Than anyone bargained for…
BURR
Can I buy you a drink?
HAMILTON
That would be nice
BURR
While we’re talking, let me offer you some free advice
Talk less
HAMILTON
What?
BURR
Smile more
HAMILTON
Ha
BURR
Don’t let them know what you’re against or what you’re for
HAMILTON
You can’t be serious
BURR
You wanna get ahead?
HAMILTON
Yes
BURR
Fools who run their mouths off wind up dead
LAURENS
Yo yo yo yo yo!
What time is it?
LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
Show time!
BURR
…like I said…
LAURENS
Show time! Show time! Yo!
I’m John Laurens in the place to be!
Two pints o’ Sam Adams, but I’m workin’ on three, uh!
Those redcoats don’t want it with me!
Cuz I will pop chick-a pop these cops till I’m free!
LAFAYETTE
Oui oui, mon ami, je m’appelle Lafayette!
The Lancelot of the revolutionary set!
I came from afar just to say “Bonsoir!”
Tell the King “Casse toi!” Who’s the best?
C’est moi!
MULLIGAN
Brrrah brraaah! I am Hercules Mulligan
Up in it, lovin’ it, yes I heard ya mother said “Come again?”
LAFAYETTE & LAURENS
Ayyyyy
MULLIGAN
Lock up ya daughters and horses, of course
It’s hard to have intercourse over four sets of corsets…
LAFAYETTE
Wow
LAURENS
No more sex, pour me another brew, son!
Let’s raise a couple more…
LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
To the revolution!
LAURENS
Well, if it ain’t the prodigy of Princeton college!
MULLIGAN
Aaron Burr!
LAURENS
Give us a verse, drop some knowledge!
BURR
Good luck with that: you’re takin’ a stand
You spit. I’m ‘a sit. We’ll see where we land
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
Boooo!
LAURENS
Burr, the revolution’s imminent. What do you stall for?
HAMILTON
If you stand for nothing, Burr, what’ll you fall for?
LAURENS
Ooh
Who are you? MULLIGAN
Ooh
Who are you? LAFAYETTE
Ooh
Who are you?
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS
Ooh, who is this kid? What’s he gonna do?
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
I gotta holler just to be heard
With every word, I drop knowledge!
I’m a diamond in the rough, a shiny piece of coal
Tryin’ to reach my goal. My power of speech: unimpeachable
Only nineteen but my mind is older
These New York City streets get colder, I shoulder
Ev’ry burden, ev’ry disadvantage
I have learned to manage, I don’t have a gun to brandish
I walk these streets famished
The plan is to fan this spark into a flame
But damn, it’s getting dark, so let me spell out the name
I am the—
HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
A-L-E-X-A-N-D
E-R—we are—meant to be…
HAMILTON
A colony that runs independently
Meanwhile, Britain keeps shittin’ on us endlessly
Essentially, they tax us relentlessly
Then King George turns around, runs a spending spree
He ain’t ever gonna set his descendants free
So there will be a revolution in this century
Enter me!
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
(He says in parentheses)
HAMILTON
Don’t be shocked when your hist’ry book mentions me
I will lay down my life if it sets us free
Eventually, you’ll see my ascendancy
HAMILTON
And I am not throwing away
My shot
I am not throwing away
My shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
LAURENS
My shot!
My shot!
And I’m not throwing away my shot.
HAMILTON/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
It’s time to take a shot!
LAFAYETTE
I dream of life without a monarchy
The unrest in France will lead to ‘onarchy?
‘Onarchy? How you say, how you say, ‘anarchy?’
When I fight, I make the other side panicky
With my—
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
Shot!
MULLIGAN
Yo, I’m a tailor’s apprentice
And I got y’all knuckleheads in loco parentis
I’m joining the rebellion cuz I know it’s my chance
To socially advance, instead of sewin’ some pants!
I’m gonna take a—
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
Shot!
LAURENS
But we’ll never be truly free
Until those in bondage have the same rights as you and me
You and I. Do or die. Wait till I sally in
On a stallion with the first black battalion
Have another—
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
Shot!
BURR
Geniuses, lower your voices
You keep out of trouble and you double your choices
I’m with you, but the situation is fraught
You’ve got to be carefully taught:
If you talk, you’re gonna get shot!
HAMILTON
Burr, check what we got
Mister Lafayette, hard rock like Lancelot
I think your pants look hot
Laurens, I like you a lot
Let’s hatch a plot blacker than the kettle callin’ the pot…
What are the odds the gods would put us all in one spot
Poppin’ a squat on conventional wisdom, like it or not
A bunch of revolutionary manumission abolitionists?
Give me a position, show me where the ammunition is!
Oh, am I talkin’ too loud?
Sometimes I get over excited, shoot off at the mouth
I never had a group of friends before
I promise that I’ll make y’all proud
LAURENS
Let’s get this guy in front of a crowd
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/ENSEMBLE
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
LAURENS
Ev’rybody sing:
Whoa, whoa, whoa
Hey!
Whoa!
Wooh!!
Whoa!
Ay, let ‘em hear ya!
Let’s go!
I said shout it to the rooftops!
Said, to the rooftops!
Come on!
Come on, let’s go! HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/
MULLIGAN
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
Whoa!
Whoa!
Yea!
COMPANY
Whoa! Whoa! Whoa!
Whoa!
Whoa!
Yea!
LAURENS
Rise up!
When you’re living on your knees, you rise up
Tell your brother that he’s gotta rise up
Tell your sister that she's gotta rise up
LAURENS AND ENSEMBLE
When are these colonies gonna rise up?
When are these colonies gonna rise up?
When are these colonies gonna rise up?
When are these colonies gonna rise up?
Rise up!
COMPANY
Whoa! Whoa!
Whoa!
Whoa!
Whoa!
Rise up!
HAMILTON
I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory
When’s it gonna get me?
In my sleep? Seven feet ahead of me?
If I see it comin’, do I run or do I let it be?
Is it like a beat without a melody?
See, I never thought I’d live past twenty
Where I come from some get half as many
Ask anybody why we livin’ fast and we laugh, reach for a flask
We have to make this moment last, that’s plenty
Scratch that
This is not a moment, it’s the movement
Where all the hungriest brothers with
Something to prove went?
Foes oppose us, we take an honest stand
We roll like Moses, claimin’ our promised land
And? If we win our independence?
Is that a guarantee of freedom for our descendants?
Or will the blood we shed begin an endless
Cycle of vengeance and death with no defendants?
I know the action in the street is excitin’
But Jesus, between all the bleedin’ ‘n fightin’
I’ve been readin’ ‘n writin’
We need to handle our financial situation
Are we a nation of states? What’s the state of our nation?
I’m past patiently waitin’. I’m passionately
Smashin’ every expectation
Every action’s an act of creation!
I’m laughin’ in the face of casualties and sorrow
For the first time, I’m thinkin’ past tomorrow
HAMILTON AND COMPANY
And I am not throwing away my shot
I am not throwing away my shot
Hey yo, I’m just like my country
I’m young, scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwing away my shot
HAMILTON/LAURENS/
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN
We’re gonna rise up! Time to take a shot!
We’re gonna rise up! Time to take a shot!
We’re gonna
HAMILTON
Time to take a shot!
HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/
LAURENS/MULLIGAN
Time to take a shot!
Time to take a shot!
Take a shot!
Shot!
Shot!
A-yo it’s
Time to take a shot!
Time to take a shot!
And I am—
ENSEMBLE
Not throwing away my shot
Not throwing away my shot
We’re gonna
Rise up!
Rise up!
Rise up!
Rise up!
Rise up!
Rise up!
Ri— ri— ri—
Time to take a shot!
Time to take a shot!
And I am—
HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
Not throwin’ away my—
COMPANY
Not throwin’ away my shot!
HAMILTON
I may not live to see our glory!
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
I may not live to see our glory!
HAMILTON
But I will gladly join the fight!
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
But I will gladly join the fight!
HAMILTON
And when our children tell our story…
LAFAYETTE/MULLIGAN/LAURENS
And when our children tell our story…
HAMILTON
They’ll tell the story of tonight
MULLIGAN
Let’s have another round tonight
LAFAYETTE
Let’s have another round tonight
HAMILTON
Let’s have another round tonight
LAURENS
Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away
No matter what they tell you
Raise a glass to the four of us
LAURENS/MULLIGAN
Tomorrow there’ll be more of us
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS
Telling the story of tonight
HAMILTON
They’ll tell the story of tonight
LAURENS/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
Raise a glass to freedom
Something they can never take away
HAMILTON
No matter what they tell you
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
Let’s have another round tonight
LAURENS
Raise a glass to the four of us
HAMILTON/LAURENS/MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
Tomorrow there’ll be more of us
HAMILTON/LAURENS
Telling the story of tonight
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
Let’s have another round tonight
HAMILTON/LAURENS/
ENSEMBLE
They’ll tell the story of tonight
They’ll tell the story of tonight
They’ll tell the story of tonight
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/
ENSEMBLE
Raise a glass to freedom
Raise a glass to freedom
They’ll tell the story of—
FULL ENSEMBLE
Tonight
BURR
There’s nothing rich folks love more
Than going downtown and slummin’ it with the poor
They pull up in their carriages and gawk
At the students in the common
Just to watch them talk
Take Philip Schuyler: the man is loaded
Uh-oh, but little does he know that
His daughters, Peggy, Angelica, Eliza
Sneak into the city just to watch all the guys at—
COMPANY
Work, work!
ANGELICA
Angelica!
COMPANY
Work, work!
ELIZA
Eliza!
PEGGY
And Peggy!
COMPANY
Work, work!
The Schuyler sisters!
ANGELICA
Angelica!
PEGGY
Peggy!
ELIZA
Eliza!
COMPANY
Work!
PEGGY
Daddy said to be home by sundown
ANGELICA
Daddy doesn’t need to know
PEGGY
Daddy said not to go downtown
ELIZA
Like I said, you’re free to go
ANGELICA
But—look around, look around, the
Revolution’s happening in New York
ELIZA/PEGGY
New York
COMPANY
Angelica
SCHUYLER SISTERS AND COMPANY
Work!
PEGGY
It’s bad enough daddy wants to go to war
ELIZA
People shouting in the square
PEGGY
It’s bad enough there’ll be violence on our shore
ANGELICA
New ideas in the air
ANGELICA AND MALE ENSEMBLE
Look around, look around—
ELIZA
Angelica, remind me what we’re looking for…
ALL MEN
She’s lookin’ for me!
ANGELICA
Eliza, I’m lookin’ for a mind at work
I’m lookin’ for a mind at work!
I’m lookin’ for a mind at work!
Whooaaaaa!
ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY
Whooaaaaa!
Work! COMPANY
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work!
BURR
Wooh! There’s nothin’ like summer in the city
Someone in a rush next to someone lookin’ pretty
Excuse me, miss, I know it’s not funny
But your perfume smells like your daddy’s got money
Why you slummin’ in the city in your fancy heels
You searchin for an urchin who can give you ideals?
ANGELICA
Burr, you disgust me
BURR
Ah, so you’ve discussed me
I’m a trust fund, baby, you can trust me!
ANGELICA
I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine
So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane
You want a revolution? I want a revelation
So listen to my declaration:
ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY
“We hold these truths to be self-evident
That all men are created equal”
ANGELICA
And when I meet Thomas Jefferson
COMPANY
Unh!
ANGELICA
I’m ‘a compel him to include women in the sequel!
WOMEN
Work!
ELIZA
Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now!
ELIZA/PEGGY
Look around, look around at how
Lucky we are to be alive right now!
ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY
History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be
In the greatest city in the world!
SCHUYLER SISTERS AND COMPANY
In the greatest city in the world!
ANGELICA
Cuz I’ve been reading Common Sense by Thomas Paine
So men say that I’m intense or I’m insane
ANGELICA
You want a revolution?
I want a revelation
So listen to my declaration:
ANGELICA/ELIZA/PEGGY
We hold these truths to be self evident that all men are created equal
Whoo! ELIZA/PEGGY
Look around, look around
The revolution’s happening in—
ELIZA/PEGGY
New York!
In New York!
FEMALE ENSEMBLE
Look around
Look around
At how lucky we are to be alive right now MEN
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
WOMEN
Look around, look around the revolution’s happening
Hey! Hey!
Hey! Hey!
Hey! Hey!
Hey! Hey!
FULL COMPANY
Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now!
History is happening in Manhattan and we just happen to be
ALL WOMEN
In the greatest city in the world
ALL MEN
In the greatest city—
COMPANY
In the greatest city in the world!
COMPANY
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
COMPANY
Work, work!
Work, work!
Work, work!
ANGELICA
Angelica!
ELIZA
Eliza!
PEGGY
And Peggy!
ANGELICA/ELIZA/PEGGY
The Schuyler sisters!
We’re looking for a mind at work!
Hey!
Hey!
ANGELICA
Whoa!
In the greatest
City in the world
ELIZA/PEGGY
Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!
In the greatest
City in the world
COMPANY
In the greatest city in the world!
SEABURY
Hear ye, hear ye! My name is Samuel Seabury
And I present “Free Thoughts on the
Proceedings of the Continental Congress!”
Heed not the rabble who scream revolution
They have not your interests at heart
MULLIGAN
Oh my God. Tear this dude apart
SEABURY
Chaos and bloodshed are not a solution
Don’t let them lead you astray
This Congress does not speak for me
BURR
Let him be
SEABURY
They’re playing a dangerous game
I pray the king shows you his mercy
For shame, for shame…
HAMILTON
Yo!
He’d have you all unravel at the
Sound of screams but the
Revolution is comin’
The have-nots are gonna
Win this
It’s hard to listen to you with a straight face
Chaos and bloodshed already haunt us, honestly you shouldn’t even talk. And what about Boston? Look at the cost, n’ all that we’ve lost n’ you talk
About Congress?!
My dog speaks more eloquently than thee!
But strangely, your mange is the same
Is he in Jersey?
For the revolution!
SEABURY
Heed not the rabble
Who scream
Revolution, they
Have not your
Interests
At heart
Chaos and bloodshed are
Not a
Solution. Don’t
Let them lead you
Astray
This Congress does not
Speak for me
They’re playing a dangerous game
I pray the king shows you his mercy
For shame
For shame!
COMPANY
For the revolution!
SEABURY
Heed—
HAMILTON
If you repeat yourself again I’m gonna—
SEABURY/HAMILTON
Scream—
HAMILTON
Honestly, look at me, please don’t read!
SEABURY
Not your interests—
HAMILTON
Don’t modulate the key then not debate with me!
Why should a tiny island across the sea regulate the price of tea?
BURR
Alexander, please!
HAMILTON
Burr, I’d rather be divisive than indecisive, drop the niceties
ENSEMBLE
Silence! A message from the King!
A message from the King!
FULL COMPANY
A message from the King!
Verse1: KING GEORGE
You say
The price of my love’s not a price that you’re willing to pay
You cry
In your tea which you hurl in the sea when you see me go by
Why so sad?
Remember we made an arrangement when you went away
Now you’re making me mad
Remember, despite our estrangement, I’m your man
You’ll be back, soon you’ll see
You’ll remember you belong to me
You’ll be back, time will tell
You’ll remember that I served you well
Oceans rise, empires fall
We have seen each other through it all
And when push comes to shove
I will send a fully armed battalion to remind you of my love!
Chorus: KING GEORGE
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da…
Verse2: KING GEORGE
You say our love is draining and you can’t go on
You’ll be the one complaining when I am gone…
And no, don’t change the subject
Cuz you’re my favorite subject
My sweet, submissive subject
My loyal, royal subject
Forever and ever and ever and ever and ever…
Verse3: KING GEORGE
You’ll be back like before
I will fight the fight and win the war
For your love, for your praise
And I’ll love you till my dying days
When you’re gone, I’ll go mad
So don’t throw away this thing we had
Cuz when push comes to shove
I will kill your friends and family to remind you of my love
Chorus: KING GEORGE
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat—
Everybody!
Chorus: All
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da dat dat da ya da!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da da da da
Dat dat da ya da!
COMPANY
British Admiral Howe’s got troops on the water
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor
ENSEMBLE 1
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor
When they surround our troops!
They surround our troops!
When they surround our troops!
ENSEMBLE 2
Thirty-two thousand troops in New York harbor
They surround our troops!
They surround our troops!
HAMILTON
As a kid in the Caribbean I wished for a war
I knew that I was poor
I knew it was the only way to—
HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
Rise up!
HAMILTON
If they tell my story
I am either gonna die on the battlefield in glory or—
HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
Rise up!
HAMILTON
I will fight for this land
But there’s only one man
Who can give us a command so we can—
HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
Rise up!
HAMILTON
Understand? It’s the only way to—
HAMILTON/BURR/MULLIGAN/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
Rise up! Rise up!
HAMILTON
Here he comes!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
BURR
Ladies and gentlemen!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
BURR
The moment you’ve been waiting for!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
BURR
The pride of Mount Vernon!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
BURR
George Washington!
WASHINGTON
We are outgunned
Outmanned
Outnumbered
Outplanned
We gotta make an all out stand
Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man.
ENSEMBLE
What?
What?
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!
WASHINGTON
Check it—
Can I be real a second?
For just a millisecond?
Let down my guard and tell the people how I feel a second?
Now I’m the model of a modern major general
The venerated Virginian veteran whose men are all
Lining up, to put me up on a pedestal
Writin’ letters to relatives
Embellishin’ my elegance and eloquence
But the elephant is in the room
The truth is in ya face when ya hear the British cannons go…
ENSEMBLE
Boom!
WASHINGTON
Any hope of success is fleeting
How can I keep leading when the people I’m
Leading keep retreating?
We put a stop to the bleeding as the British take Brooklyn
Knight takes rook, but look
WASHINGTON
We are outgunned
Outmanned
Outnumbered
Outplanned
We gotta make an all out stand
Ayo, I’m gonna need a right-hand man
Incoming!
ENSEMBLE
What?
What?
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!
Buck, buck, buck, buck, buck!
HAMILTON
They’re battering down the Battery check the damages
MULLIGAN
Rah!
HAMILTON
We gotta stop ‘em and rob ‘em of their advantages
MULLIGAN
Rah!
HAMILTON
Let’s take a stand with the stamina God has granted us
Hamilton won’t abandon ship
Yo, let’s steal their cannons—
MULLIGAN
Shh-boom! COMPANY
Boom!
WASHINGTON
Goes the cannon, watch the blood and the shit spray and…
COMPANY
Boom!
WASHINGTON
Goes the cannon, we’re abandonin’ Kips Bay and…
COMPANY
Boom!
WASHINGTON
There’s another ship and…
COMPANY
Boom!
WASHINGTON
We just lost the southern tip and…
COMPANY
Boom!
WASHINGTON
We gotta run to Harlem quick, we can’t afford another slip
Guns and horses giddyup
I decide to divvy up
My forces, they’re skittish as the British cut the city up
This close to giving up, facing mad scrutiny
I scream in the face of this mass mutiny:
Are these the men with which I am to defend America?
We ride at midnight, Manhattan in the distance
I cannot be everywhere at once, people
I’m in dire need of assistance…
BURR
Your excellency, sir!
WASHINGTON
Who are you?
BURR
Aaron Burr, Sir?
Permission to state my case?
WASHINGTON
As you were
BURR
Sir
I was a captain under General Montgomery
Until he caught a bullet in the neck in Quebec
And well, in summary
I think that I could be of some assistance
I admire how you keep firing on the British
From a distance
WASHINGTON
Huh
BURR
I have some questions, a couple of suggestions on how to fight instead of fleeing west
WASHINGTON
Yes?
BURR
Well—
HAMILTON
Your excellency, you wanted to see me?
WASHINGTON
Hamilton, come in, have you met Burr?
HAMILTON
Yes, sir
HAMILTON AND BURR
We keep meeting
BURR
As I was saying, sir, I look forward to seeing your strategy play out
WASHINGTON
Burr?
BURR
Sir?
WASHINGTON
Close the door on your way out
HAMILTON
Have I done something wrong, sir?
WASHINGTON
On the contrary
I called you here because our odds are beyond scary
Your reputation precedes you, but I have to laugh
HAMILTON
Sir?
WASHINGTON
Hamilton, how come no one can get you on their staff?
HAMILTON
Sir!
WASHINGTON
Don’t get me wrong, you’re a young man of great renown
I know you stole British cannons when we were still downtown
Nathaniel Green and Henry Knox wanted to hire you…
HAMILTON
To be their Secretary? I don’t think so
WASHINGTON
Why’re you upset?
HAMILTON
I’m not—
WASHINGTON
It’s alright, you want to fight, you’ve got a hunger
I was just like you when I was younger
Head full of fantasies of dyin’ like a martyr?
HAMILTON
Yes
WASHINGTON
Dying is easy, young man. Living is harder
HAMILTON
Why are you telling me this?
WASHINGTON
I’m being honest
I’m working with a third of what our Congress has promised
We are a powder keg about to explode
I need someone like you to lighten the load. So?
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON)
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
Ayo, I’m just like my country, I’m young
Scrappy and hungry!
HAMILTON
I am not throwing away my shot!
WASHINGTON
Son
WASHINGON AND COMPANY
We are outgunned, outmanned!
HAMILTON
You need all the help you can get
I have some friends. Laurens, Mulligan
Marquis de Lafayette, okay, what else?
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Outnumbered, outplanned!
HAMILTON
We’ll need some spies on the inside
Some King’s men who might let some things slide
HAMILTON
I’ll write to Congress and tell ‘em we need supplies, you rally the guys, master the element of surprise
I’ll rise above my station, organize your information, ‘til we rise to the occasion of our new nation. Sir!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
HAMILTON
Rise up!
HAMILTON
Rise up!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
HAMILTON
Rise up! COMPANY
Boom!
Chicka-boom!
ENSEMBLE
Here comes the General!
SCHUYLER SISTERS
Rise up!
SCHUYLER SISTERS AND WOMEN
Rise up! ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY
Whoa, whoa, whoa…
Whoa, whoa, whoa…
ELIZA/ANGELICA/PEGGY AND WOMEN
Whoa, whoa, whoa…
LAURENS/
LAFAYETTE/
MULLIGAN
What?
LAURENS/
LAFAYETTE/
MULLIGAN
What?
LAURENS/
LAFAYETTE/
MULLIGAN
What?
FULL COMPANY
Here comes the General!
HAMILTON
What?
WASHINGTON
And his right hand man!
FULL COMPANY
Boom!
Burr
How does the bastard, orphan, son of a whore
Go on and on
Grow into more of a phenomenon?
Watch this obnoxious, arrogant, loudmouth bother
Be seated at the right hand of the father
Washington hires Hamilton right on sight
But Hamilton still wants to fight, not write
Now Hamilton’s skill with a quill is undeniable
But what do we have in common? We’re
Reliable with the
All Men
Ladies!
Burr
There are so many to deflower!
All Men
Ladies!
Burr
Looks! Proximity to power
All Men
Ladies!
Burr
They delighted and distracted him
Martha Washington named her feral tomcat after him!
Hamilton
That’s true!
Full Company
1780
Burr
A winter’s ball
And the Schuyler sisters are the envy of all
Yo, if you can marry a sister, you’re rich, son
Hamilton
Is it a question of if, Burr, or which one?
Hamilton/Burr/Laurens
Hey
Hey
Hey hey
HAMILTON/BURR/LAURENS/ALL WOMEN (EXCEPT ELIZA)
Hey hey hey hey
ELIZA
Ohh, I do I do I do I
Dooo! Hey!
Ohh, I do I do I do I
Dooo! Boy you got me ALL WOMEN
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey hey
Hey hey hey
ELIZA AND WOMEN
Helpless!
Look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!
Down for the count, and I’m drownin’ in ‘em
ELIZA
I have never been the type to try and grab the spotlight
We were at a revel with some rebels on a hot night
Laughin’ at my sister as she’s dazzling the room
Then you walked in and my heart went “Boom!”
Tryin’ to catch your eye from the side of the ballroom
Everybody’s dancin’ and the band’s top volume
ELIZA AND WOMEN
Grind to the rhythm as we wine and dine
ELIZA
Grab my sister, and
Whisper, “Yo, this
One’s mine.”
My sister made her way across the room to you
And I got nervous, thinking “What’s she gonna do?”
She grabbed you by the arm, I’m thinkin’ “I’m through”
Then you look back at me and suddenly I’m
Helpless!
Oh, look at those eyes
Oh!
Yeah, I’m
Helpless, I know
I’m so into you
I am so into you
I know I’m down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.
ALL WOMEN
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Helpless!
Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the limit
I’m
Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em
I’m helpless!
Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the limit I’m helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.
HAMILTON
Where are you taking me?
ANGELICA
I’m about to change your life
HAMILTON
Then by all means, lead the way
ELIZA
Elizabeth Schuyler. It’s a pleasure to meet you
HAMILTON
Schuyler?
ANGELICA
My sister
ELIZA
Thank you for all your service
HAMILTON
If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it
ANGELICA
I’ll leave you to it
ELIZA AND WOMEN
One week later
ELIZA
I’m writin’ a letter nightly
Now my life gets better, every letter that you write me
Laughin’ at my sister, cuz she wants to form a harem
ANGELICA
I’m just sayin’, if you really loved me, you would share him
ELIZA
Ha!
Two weeks later
In the living room stressin’
My father’s stone-faced
While you’re asking for his blessin’
I’m dying inside, as
You wine
And dine
And I’m tryin’ not to cry
‘cause there’s nothing that your mind can’t do
My father makes his way across the room
To you
I panic for a second, thinking
“we’re through”
But then he shakes your hand and says
“Be true”
And you turn back to me, smiling, and I’m
Helpless!
Helpless!
Hoo!
That boy is mine
That boy is mine!
Helpless! Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in em
ALL WOMEN
Stressin’
Blessin’
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Oooh
Helpless!
Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the
Limit I’m
Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in
‘em I’m
Helpless!
Look into your eyes
And the sky’s the
Limit I’m
Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in em
HAMILTON
Eliza, I don’t have a dollar to my name
An acre of land, a troop to command, a dollop of fame
All I have’s my honor, a tolerance for pain
A couple of college credits and my top-notch brain
Insane, your family brings out a different side of me
Peggy confides in me, Angelica tried to take a bite of me
No stress, my love for you is never in doubt
We’ll get a little place in Harlem and we’ll figure it out
I’ve been livin’ without a family since I was a child
My father left, my mother died, I grew up buckwild
But I’ll never forget my mother’s face, that was real
And long as I’m alive, Eliza, swear to God
You’ll never feel so…
HAMILTON
Eliza…
I’ve never felt so—
My life is gon’ be fine cuz Eliza’s in it.
ELIZA
I do I do I do I do!
I do I do I do I do!
Hey, yeah, yeah!
I’m down for the count
I’m—
I look into your eyes, and the sky’s the limit
I’m
…drownin’ in ‘em. ALL WOMEN
Helpless!
Helpless!
Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em
Helpless!
Helpless!
Helpless!
Down for the count
And I’m drownin’ in ‘em.
Wedding march plays
ALL WOMEN
In New York, you can be a new man…
In New York, you can be a new man…
In New York, you can be a new man…
ELIZA
Helpless
LAURENS
Alright, alright. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!
Now everyone give it up for the maid of honor
Angelica Schuyler!
ANGELICA
A toast to the groom!
To the bride!
From your sister
Who is always by your side
To your union
And the hope that you provide
May you always…
Be satisfied
ALL MEN
To the groom!
To the groom!
To the groom!
To the bride!
To the bride!
Angelica!
Angelica!
Angelica!
By your side!
To the union!
To the revolution!
You provide!
You provide!
HAMILTON AND MEN
Always—
Rewind—
ALL WOMEN
To the groom!
To the bride!
To the bride!
ELIZA AND WOMEN
Angelica!
By your side!
To the union!
To the revolution!
You provide!
Always—
Rewind—
ANGELICA
I remember that night, I just might
Regret that night for the rest of my days
I remember those soldier boys
Tripping over themselves to win our praise
I remember that dreamlike candlelight
Like a dream that you can’t quite place
But Alexander, I’ll never forget the first
Time I saw your face
I have never been the same
Intelligent eyes in a hunger-pang frame
And when you said “Hi,” I forgot my dang name
Set my heart aflame, ev’ry part aflame
FULL COMPANY
This is not a game…
HAMILTON
You strike me as a woman who has never been satisfied
ANGELICA
I’m sure I don’t know what you mean. You forget yourself
HAMILTON
You’re like me. I’m never satisfied
ANGELICA
Is that right?
HAMILTON
I have never been satisfied
ANGELICA
My name is Angelica Schuyler
HAMILTON
Alexander Hamilton
ANGELICA
Where’s your fam’ly from?
HAMILTON
Unimportant. There’s a million things I haven’t done but
Just you wait, just you wait…
ANGELICA
So so so—
So this is what it feels like to match wits
With someone at your level! What the hell is the catch? It’s
The feeling of freedom, of seein’ the light
It’s Ben Franklin with a key and a kite! You see it, right?
The conversation lasted two minutes, maybe three minutes
Ev’rything we said in total agreement, it’s
A dream and it’s a bit of a dance
A bit of a posture, it’s a bit of a stance. He’s a
Bit of a flirt, but I’m ‘a give it a chance
I asked about his fam’ly, did you see his answer?
His hands started fidgeting, he looked askance?
He’s penniless, he’s flying by the seat of his pants
Handsome, boy, does he know it!
Peach fuzz, and he can’t even grow it!
I wanna take him far away from this place
Then I turn and see my sister’s face and she is…
ELIZA
Helpless…
ANGELICA
And I know she is…
ELIZA
Helpless…
ANGELICA
And her eyes are just…
ELIZA
Helpless…
ANGELICA
And I realize
ANGELICA AND COMPANY
Three fundamental truths at the exact same time…
HAMILTON
Where are you taking me?
ANGELICA
I’m about to change your life
HAMILTON
Then by all means, lead the way
COMPANY (EXCEPT ANGELICA)
Number one!
ANGELICA
I’m a girl in a world in which
My only job is to marry rich
My father has no sons so I’m the one
Who has to social climb for one
So I’m the oldest and the wittiest and the gossip in
New York City is insidious
And Alexander is penniless
Ha! That doesn’t mean I want him any less
ELIZA
Elizabeth Schuyler. It’s a pleasure to meet you
HAMILTON
Schuyler?
ANGELICA
My sister
COMPANY
Number two!
ANGELICA
He’s after me cuz I’m a Schuyler sister
That elevates his status, I’d
Have to be naïve to set that aside
Maybe that is why I introduce him to Eliza
Now that’s his bride
Nice going, Angelica, he was right
You will never be satisfied
ELIZA
Thank you for all your service
HAMILTON
If it takes fighting a war for us to meet, it will have been worth it
ANGELICA
I’ll leave you to it
COMPANY
Number three!
ANGELICA
I know my sister like I know my own mind
You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind
If I tell her that I love him she’d be silently resigned
He’d be mine
She would say, “I’m fine”
ANGELICA AND COMPANY
She’d be lying
ANGELICA
But when I fantasize at night
It’s Alexander’s eyes
As I romanticize what might
Have been if I hadn’t sized him
Up so quickly
At least my dear Eliza’s his wife;
At least I keep his eyes in my life…
ANGELICA
To the groom!
To the bride!
From your sister
Who is always by your side
To your union
And the hope that you provide
May you always
Be satisfied
And I know
She’ll be happy as
His bride
And I know ALL MEN (EXCEPT HAMILTON)
To the groom!
To the groom!
To the groom!
To the bride!
To the bride!
Angelica!
Angelica!
By your side
To the union!
To the revolution!
You provide!
You provide!
HAMILTON AND MEN
Always—
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
MEN
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied.
ALL WOMEN (EXCEPT ELIZA)
To the groom!
To the bride!
To the bride!
ELIZA AND WOMEN
Angelica!
By your side
To the union!
To the revolution!
You provide!
Always—
Be satisfied
WOMEN
Be satisfied
Be satisfied
Be satisfied.
ANGELICA
He will never be satisfied
I will never be satisfied
LAURENS
I may not live to see our glory!
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
I may not live to see our glory!
LAURENS
But I’ve seen wonders great and small
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
I’ve seen wonders great and small
LAURENS
‘Cause if the tomcat can get married
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
If Alexander can get married—
LAURENS
There’s hope for our ass, after all!
LAFAYETTE
Raise a glass to freedom
LAURENS/MULLIGAN
Hey!
Something you will never see again!
MULLIGAN
No matter what she tells you
LAFAYETTE
Let’s have another round tonight!
LAURENS
Raise a glass to the four of us!
LAFAYETTE/HAMILTON
Ho!
MULLIGAN
To the newly not poor of us!
LAURENS/LAFAYETTE/HAMILTON
Woo!
LAFAYETTE
We’ll tell the story of tonight
LAURENS
Let’s have another round—
HAMILTON
Well, if it isn’t Aaron Burr
BURR
Sir!
HAMILTON
I didn’t think that you would make it
BURR
To be sure
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE
Burr!
BURR
I came to say congratulations
MULLIGAN
Spit a verse, Burr!
BURR
I see the whole gang is here
LAFAYETTE
You are the worst, Burr!
HAMILTON
Ignore them. Congrats to you, Lieutenant Colonel
I wish I had your command instead of manning George’s journal
BURR
No, you don’t
HAMILTON
Yes, I do
BURR
Now, be sensible
From what I hear, you’ve made yourself indispensable
LAURENS
Well, well, I heard
You’ve got a special someone on the side, Burr
HAMILTON
Is that so?
LAURENS
What are you tryin’ to hide, Burr?
BURR
I should go
HAMILTON
No, these guys should go
LAFAYETTE
What?
LAURENS
No!
HAMILTON
Leave us alone
MULLIGAN
Man…
HAMILTON
It’s alright, Burr. I wish you’d brought this girl with you tonight, Burr
BURR
You’re very kind, but I’m afraid it’s unlawful, sir
HAMILTON
What do you mean?
BURR
She’s married
HAMILTON
I see
BURR
She’s married to a British officer
HAMILTON
Oh shit…
BURR
Congrats again, Alexander. Smile more
I’ll see you on the other side of the war
HAMILTON
I will never understand you
If you love this woman, go get her! What are you waiting for?
BURR
I’ll see you on the other side of the war
HAMILTON
I’ll see you on the other side of the war
BURR
Theodosia writes me a letter every day
I'm keeping the bed warm while her husband is away
He's on the British side in Georgia
He's trying to keep the colonies in line
But he can keep all of Georgia
Theodosia, she's mine
Love doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep loving anyway
We laugh and we cry
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there's a reason I'm by her side
When so many have tried
Then I'm willing to wait for it
I'm willing to wait for it
BURR
My grandfather was a fire and brimstone preacher
But there are things that the
Homilies and hymns won't teach ya
My mother was a genius
My father commanded respect
When they died they left no instructions
Just a legacy to protect
MEN
Preacher, preacher
Preacher
Teach ya, teach ya, teach ya
Respect, respect
WOMEN
Genius
BURR/ENSEMBLE
Death doesn’t discriminate
Between the sinners
And the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall
And we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there’s a reason I’m still alive
When everyone who loves me has died
I’m willing to wait for it
I’m willing to wait for it
Wait for it
ENSEMBLE
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
BURR
I am the one thing in life I can control
ENSEMBLE
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
BURR
I am inimitable
I am an original
ENSEMBLE
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
BURR
I’m not falling behind or running late
ENSEMBLE
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for it
BURR
I’m not standing still
I am lying in wait
ENSEMBLE
Wait
Wait
Wait
BURR
Hamilton faces an endless uphill climb
ENSEMBLE
Climb
Climb
Climb
BURR
He has something to prove
He has nothing to lose
ENSEMBLE
Lose
Lose
Lose
Lose
BURR
Hamilton’s pace is relentless
He wastes no time
ENSEMBLE
Time
Time
Time
BURR
What is it like in his shoes?
Hamilton doesn’t hesitate
He exhibits no restraint
He takes and he takes and he takes
And he keeps winning anyway
He changes the game
He plays and he raises the stakes
And if there’s a reason
He seems to thrive when so few survive, then Goddamnit—
BURR
I'm willing to wait for it
I'm willing to wait for it…
Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
We rise
We fall
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When so many have died
Then I'm willin' to—
COMPANY
I'm willing to wait for it
Wait for it
Wait for…
I'm willing to—
Life doesn't discriminate
Between the sinners and the saints
It takes and it takes and it takes
And we keep living anyway
We rise and we fall and we break
And we make our mistakes
And if there's a reason I'm still alive
When so many have died
Then I'm willin' to—
BURR
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
WOMEN
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
MEN
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait for it…
Wait…
ELIZA
Stay alive…
ELIZA/ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE WOMEN
Stay alive…
HAMILTON
I have never seen the General so despondent
I have taken over writing all his correspondence
Congress writes, “George, attack the British forces.”
I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses
Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance
They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence
WASHINGTON
The cavalry’s not coming
HAMILTON
But, sir!
WASHINGTON
Alex, listen. There’s only one way for us to win this
Provoke outrage, outright
HAMILTON
That’s right
WASHINGTON
Don’t engage, strike by night
Remain relentless ‘til their troops take flight
HAMILTON
Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight
WASHINGTON
Outrun
HAMILTON
Outrun
WASHINGTON
Outlast
HAMILTON
Outlast
WASHINGTON
Hit ‘em quick, get out fast
HAMILTON
Chick-a-plao!
WASHINGTON
Stay alive ‘til this horror show is past
We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
Raise a glass!
MULLIGAN
I go back to New York and my apprenticeship
LAFAYETTE
I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship
LAURENS
I stay at work with Hamilton
We write essays against slavery
And every day’s a test of our camaraderie
And bravery
HAMILTON
We cut supply lines, we steal contraband
We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand
And ev’ry day
“Sir, entrust me with a command,”
And ev’ry day
WASHINGTON
No
HAMILTON
He dismisses me out of hand
HAMILTON
Instead of me
He promotes
Charles Lee
Makes him second-in-command:
LEE
Charles Lee. ELIZA/ANGELICA
Stay alive…
LEE
I’m a General. Whee!!!!
HAMILTON
Yeah. He’s not the choice I would have gone with
HAMILTON/LAURENS/LAFAYETTE
He shits the bed at the Battle of Monmouth
WASHINGTON
Ev’ryone attack!
LEE
Retreat!
WASHINGTON
Attack!
LEE
Retreat!
WASHINGTON
What are you doing, Lee? Get back on your feet!
LEE
But there’s so many of them!
WASHINGTON
I’m sorry, is this not your speed?!
Hamilton!
HAMILTON
Ready, sir!
WASHINGTON
Have Lafayette take the lead!
HAMILTON
Yes, sir!
LAURENS
A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat
LAFAYETTE
As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat
HAMILTON
Charles Lee was left behind
Without a pot to piss in
He started sayin’ this to anybody who would listen:
LEE
Washington cannot be left alone to his devices
Indecisive, from crisis to crisis
The best thing he can do for the revolution
Is turn n’ go back to plantin’ tobacco in Mount Vernon
COMPANY
Oo!!
WASHINGTON
Don’t do a thing. History will prove him wrong
HAMILTON
But, sir!
WASHINGTON
We have a war to fight, let’s move along
LAURENS
Strong words from Lee, someone oughta hold him to it
HAMILTON
I can’t disobey direct orders
LAURENS
Then I’ll do it
Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got
HAMILTON
Laurens, do not throw away your shot
MEN
One, two, three, four
FULL COMPANY
Five, six, seven, eight, nine…
BURR/HAMILTON/LAURENS/LEE
It’s the Ten Duel Commandments
FULL COMPANY
It’s the Ten Duel Commandments
Number one!
LAURENS
The challenge: demand satisfaction
If they apologize, no need for further action
COMPANY
Number two!
LAURENS
If they don’t, grab a friend, that’s your second
HAMILTON
Your lieutenant when there’s reckoning to be reckoned
COMPANY
Number three!
LEE
Have your seconds meet face to face
BURR
Negotiate a peace…
HAMILTON
Or negotiate a time and place
BURR
This is commonplace, ‘specially ‘tween recruits
COMPANY
Most disputes die, and no one shoots
Number four!
LAURENS
If they don’t reach a peace, that’s alright
Time to get some pistols and a doctor on site
HAMILTON
You pay him in advance, you treat him with civility
BURR
You have him turn around so he can have deniability
COMPANY
Five!
LEE
Duel before the sun is in the sky
COMPANY
Pick a place to die where it’s high and dry
Number six!
HAMILTON
Leave a note for your next of kin
Tell ‘em where you been. Pray that hell or heaven lets you in
COMPANY
Seven!
LEE
Confess your sins. Ready for the moment
Of adrenaline when you finally face your opponent
COMPANY
Number eight!
LAURENS/LEE/HAMILTON/BURR
Your last chance to negotiate
Send in your seconds, see if they can set the record straight…
BURR
Alexander
HAMILTON
Aaron Burr, sir
BURR
Can we agree that duels are dumb and immature?
HAMILTON
Sure
But your man has to answer for his words, Burr
BURR
With his life? We both know that’s absurd, sir
HAMILTON
Hang on, how many men died because Lee was inexperienced and ruinous?
BURR
Okay, so we’re doin’ this
COMPANY
Number nine!
HAMILTON
Look ‘em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then count
MEN
One two three four
FULL COMPANY
Five six seven eight nine
HAMILTON/BURR
Number
COMPANY
Ten paces!
HAMILTON/BURR
Fire!
HAMILTON
Lee, do you yield?
BURR
You shot him in the side!
Yes, he yields!
LAURENS
I’m satisfied
BURR
Yo, we gotta clear the field!
HAMILTON
Go! We won
COMPANY
Here comes the General!
BURR
This should be fun
WASHINGTON
What is the meaning of this? Mr. Burr, get a medic for the General
BURR
Yes, sir
WASHINGTON
Lee, you will never agree with me
But believe me, these young men don’t speak for me
Thank you for your service
BURR
Let’s ride!
WASHINGTON
Hamilton!
HAMILTON
Sir!
WASHINGTON
Meet me inside
COMPANY
Meet him inside! Meet him inside!
Meet him inside, meet him, meet him inside!
WASHINGTON
Son—
HAMILTON
Don’t call me son
WASHINGTON
This war is hard enough
Without infighting—
HAMILTON
Lee called you out. We called his bluff
WASHINGTON
You solve nothing, you aggravate our allies to the south
HAMILTON
You're absolutely right, John should have shot him in the mouth
That would’ve shut him up
WASHINGTON
Son—
HAMILTON
I’m notcha son—
WASHINGTON
Watch your tone
I am not a maiden in need of defending, I am grown
HAMILTON (OVERLAPPING)
Charles Lee, Thomas Conway
These men take your name and they rake it
Through the mud
WASHINGTON
My name’s been through a lot, I can take it
HAMILTON
Well, I don’t have your name. I don’t have your titles
I don’t have your land
But, if you—
WASHINGTON
No—
HAMILTON
If you gave me command of a battalion, a group of men to lead, I could fly above my station after the war
WASHINGTON
Or you could die and we need you alive
HAMILTON
I’m more than willing to die—
WASHINGTON
Your wife needs you alive, son, I need you alive—
HAMILTON
Call me son one more time—
WASHINGTON
Go home, Alexander
That’s an order from your commander
HAMILTON
Sir—
WASHINGTON
Go home
ELIZA
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now
Look around, look around…
HAMILTON
How long have you known?
ELIZA
A month or so
HAMILTON
Eliza, you should have told me
ELIZA
I wrote to the General a month ago
HAMILTON
No
ELIZA
I begged him to send you home
HAMILTON
You should have told me
ELIZA
I’m not sorry
ELIZA
I knew you’d fight
Until the war was won
But you deserve a chance to meet your son
Look around, look around at how lucky we are
To be alive right now.
HAMILTON
The war’s not
Done.
HAMILTON
Will you relish being a poor man’s wife
Unable to provide for your life?
ELIZA
I relish being your wife
Look around, look around…
Look at where you are
Look at where you started
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough
And if this child
Shares a fraction of your smile
Or a fragment of your mind, look out world!
That would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges you’re facing
The worlds you keep erasing and creating in your mind
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
So long as you come home at the end of the day
That would be enough
We don’t need a legacy
We don’t need money
If I could grant you peace of mind
If you could let me inside your heart…
Oh, let me be a part of the narrative
In the story they will write someday
Let this moment be the first chapter:
Where you decide to stay
And I could be enough
And we could be enough
That would be enough
BURR
How does a ragtag volunteer army in need of a shower
Somehow defeat a global superpower?
How do we emerge victorious from the quagmire?
Leave the battlefield waving Betsy Ross’ flag higher?
Yo. Turns out we have a secret weapon!
An immigrant you know and love who’s unafraid to step in!
He’s constantly confusin’, confoundin’ the British henchmen
Ev’ryone give it up for America’s favorite fighting Frenchman!
COMPANY
Lafayette!
LAFAYETTE
I’m takin this horse by the reins makin’
Redcoats redder with bloodstains
COMPANY
Lafayette!
LAFAYETTE
And I’m never gonna stop until I make ‘em
Drop and burn ‘em up and scatter their remains, I’m
COMPANY
Lafayette!
LAFAYETTE
Watch me engagin’ em! Escapin’ em!
Enragin’ em! I’m—
COMPANY
Lafayette!
LAFAYETTE
I go to France for more funds
COMPANY
Lafayette!
LAFAYETTE
I come back with more
LAFAYETTE AND ENSEMBLE
Guns
And ships
And so the balance shifts
WASHINGTON
We rendezvous with Rochambeau, consolidate their gifts
LAFAYETTE
We can end this war at Yorktown, cut them off at sea, but
For this to succeed, there is someone else we need:
WASHINGTON
I know
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Hamilton!
LAFAYETTE
Sir, he knows what to do in a trench
Ingenuitive and fluent in French, I mean—
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Hamilton!
LAFAYETTE
Sir, you’re gonna have to use him eventually
What’s he gonna do on the bench? I mean—
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Hamilton!
LAFAYETTE
No one has more resilience
Or matches my practical tactical brilliance—
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Hamilton!
LAFAYETTE
You wanna fight for your land back?
WASHINGTON
I need my right hand man back!
LAFAYETTE
Ah! Uh, get ya right hand man back
You know you gotta get ya right hand man back
I mean you gotta put some thought into the letter but the sooner the better
To get your right hand man back!
COMPANY
Hamilton!
WOMEN
Hamilton!
Hamilton!
Hamilton, Hamilton!
Ha— ha—!
MEN
Get your right hand man back!
Your right hand man back!
Hamilton!
Ha—
Ha—
Hamilton, Hamilton!
Ha— ha—!
WASHINGTON
Alexander Hamilton
Troops are waiting in the field for you
If you join us right now, together we can turn the tide
Oh, Alexander Hamilton
I have soldiers that will yield for you
If we manage to get this right
They’ll surrender by early light
The world will never be the same, Alexander…
WASHINGTON
I was younger than you are now
When I was given my first command
I led my men straight into a massacre
I witnessed their deaths firsthand
I made every mistake
And felt the shame rise in me
And even now I lie awake
WASHINGTON
Knowing history has its eyes on me
HAMILTON/WASHINGTON
History has its eyes on me. LAURENS/MULLIGAN
Whoa…
Whoa…
Whoa…
Yeah
COMPANY
Whoa…
Whoa…
Whoa…
Yeah
WASHINGTON
Let me tell you what I wish I’d known
When I was young and dreamed of glory:
You have no control:
WASHINGTON AND COMPANY
Who lives, who dies, who tells your story
WASHINGTON
I know that we can win
I know that greatness lies in you
But remember from here on in
WASHINGTON/HAMILTON AND MEN
History has its
Eyes on you.
ENSEMBLE
Whoa…
Whoa…
Whoa…
FULL COMPANY
History has its eyes on you
COMPANY
The battle of Yorktown. 1781
LAFAYETTE
Monsieur Hamilton
HAMILTON
Monsieur Lafayette
LAFAYETTE
In command where you belong
HAMILTON
How you say, no sweat
We're finally on the field. We’ve had quite a run
LAFAYETTE
Immigrants:
HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE
We get the job done
HAMILTON
So what happens if we win?
LAFAYETTE
I go back to France
I bring freedom to my people if I’m given the chance
HAMILTON
We’ll be with you when you do
LAFAYETTE
Go lead your men
HAMILTON
See you on the other side
LAFAYETTE
‘Til we meet again, let’s go!
ENSEMBLE
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
Hey yo, I’m just like my country, I’m young
Scrappy and hungry
And I’m not throwin’ away my shot!
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
HAMILTON
‘Til the world turns upside down…
ENSEMBLE
‘Til the world turns upside down!
HAMILTON
I imagine death so much it feels more like a memory
This is where it gets me: on my feet
The enemy ahead of me
If this is the end of me, at least I have a friend with me
Weapon in my hand, a command, and my men with me
Then I remember my Eliza’s expecting me…
Not only that, my Eliza’s expecting
We gotta go, gotta get the job done
Gotta start a new nation, gotta meet my son!
Take the bullets out your gun!
ENSEMBLE
What?
HAMILTON
The bullets out your gun!
ENSEMBLE
What?
HAMILTON
We move under cover and we move as one
Through the night, we have one shot to live another day
We cannot let a stray gunshot give us away
We will fight up close, seize the moment and stay in it
It’s either that or meet the business end of a bayonet
The code word is ‘Rochambeau,’ dig me?
ENSEMBLE
Rochambeau!
HAMILTON
You have your orders now, go, man, go!
And so the American experiment begins
With my friends all scattered to the winds
Laurens is in South Carolina, redefining brav’ry
HAMILTON/LAURENS
We’ll never be free until we end slavery!
HAMILTON
When we finally drive the British away
Lafayette is there waiting—
HAMILTON/LAFAYETTE
In Chesapeake Bay!
HAMILTON
How did we know that this plan would work?
We had a spy on the inside. That’s right
HAMILTON/COMPANY
Hercules Mulligan!
MULLIGAN
A tailor spyin’ on the British government!
I take their measurements, information and then I smuggle it
COMPANY
Up
MULLIGAN
To my brother's revolutionary covenant
I’m runnin’ with the Sons of Liberty and I am lovin’ it!
See, that’s what happens when you up against the ruffians
We in the shit now, somebody gotta shovel it!
Hercules Mulligan, I need no introduction
When you knock me down I get the fuck back up again!
COMPANY
Left! Right! Hold!
Go!
What! What! What!
HAMILTON
After a week of fighting, a young man in a red coat stands on a parapet
LAFAYETTE
We lower our guns as he frantically waves a white handkerchief
MULLIGAN
And just like that, it’s over. We tend to our wounded, we count our dead
LAURENS
Black and white soldiers wonder alike if this really means freedom
WASHINGTON
Not. Yet
HAMILTON
We negotiate the terms of surrender
I see George Washington smile
We escort their men out of Yorktown
They stagger home single file
Tens of thousands of people flood the streets
There are screams and church bells ringing
And as our fallen foes retreat
I hear the drinking song they’re singing…
ALL MEN
The world turned upside down
FULL COMPANY
The world turned upside down
The world turned upside down
The world turned upside down
Down
Down, down, down
LAFAYETTE
Freedom for America, freedom for France!
COMPANY
Down, down, down
HAMILTON
Gotta start a new nation
Gotta meet my son
COMPANY
Down, down, down
MULLIGAN
We won!
LAFAYETTE
We won!
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS
We won!
MULLIGAN/LAFAYETTE/LAURENS/HAMILTON/WASHINGTON
We won!
COMPANY
The world turned upside down!
KING GEORGE
They say
The price of my war’s not a price that they’re willing to pay
Insane
You cheat with the French, now I’m fighting with France and with Spain
I’m so blue
I thought that we’d made an arrangement
When you went away
You were mine to subdue
Well, even despite our estrangement, I’ve got
A small query for you:
What comes next?
You’ve been freed
Do you know how hard it is to lead?
You’re on your own
Awesome. Wow
Do you have a clue what happens now?
Oceans rise
Empires fall
It’s much harder when it’s all your call
All alone, across the sea
When your people say they hate you, don’t
Come crawling back to me
Da da da dat da dat da da da
Da ya da
Da da dat
Da da ya da…
You’re on your own…
BURR
Dear Theodosia, what to say to you?
You have my eyes. You have your mother’s name
When you came into the world, you cried and it broke my heart
I’m dedicating every day to you
Domestic life was never quite my style
When you smile, you knock me out, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart
You will come of age with our young nation
We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you
And you’ll blow us all away…
Someday, someday
Yeah, you’ll blow us all away
Someday, someday
HAMILTON
Oh Philip, when you smile I am undone
My son
Look at my son. Pride is not the word I’m looking for
There is so much more inside me now
Oh Philip, you outshine the morning sun
My son
When you smile, I fall apart
And I thought I was so smart
My father wasn’t around
BURR
My father wasn’t around
HAMILTON
I swear that
I’ll be around for you.
BURR
I’ll be around for you.
HAMILTON
I’ll do whatever it takes
BURR
I’ll make a million mistakes
BURR/HAMILTON
I’ll make the world safe and sound for you…
…will come of age with our young nation
We’ll bleed and fight for you, we’ll make it right for you
If we lay a strong enough foundation
We’ll pass it on to you, we’ll give the world to you
And you’ll blow us all away…
Someday, someday
Yeah, you’ll blow us all away
Someday, someday
BURR
After the war I went back to New York
HAMILTON
A-After the war I went back to New York
BURR
I finished up my studies and I practiced law
HAMILTON
I practiced law, Burr worked next door
BURR
Even though we started at the very same time
Alexander Hamilton began to climb
How to account for his rise to the top?
Maaaaan, the man is
BURR & ENSEMBLE
Non-stop!
HAMILTON
Gentlemen of the jury, I’m curious, bear with me
Are you aware that we’re making hist’ry?
This is the first murder trial of our brand-new nation
The liberty behind
Deliberation—
ENSEMBLE
Non-stop!
HAMILTON
I intend to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt
With my assistant counsel—
BURR
Co-counsel
Hamilton, sit down
Our client Levi Weeks is innocent. Call your first witness
That’s all you had to say!
HAMILTON
Okay!
One more thing—
BURR
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Soon that attitude may be your doom!
ENSEMBLE
Awwww!
BURR
Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re running out of time?
Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re running out of time
Keep on fighting. In the meantime— ENSEMBLE
Why do you write like you’re running out of time?
Ev’ry day you fight, like you’re running out of time
Non-stop!
HAMILTON
Corruption’s such an old song that we can sing along in harmony
And nowhere is it stronger than in Albany
This colony’s economy’s increasingly stalling and
HAMILTON
Honestly, that’s why public service
Seems to be calling me BURR & ENSEMBLE
He’s just
Non-stop!
HAMILTON
I practiced the law, I practic’ly perfected it
I’ve seen injustice in the world and I’ve corrected it
Now for a strong central democracy
If not, then I’ll be Socrates
Throwing verbal rocks at these mediocrities
ENSEMBLE
Awww!
BURR
Hamilton, at the Constitutional Convention:
HAMILTON
I was chosen for the Constitutional Convention!
BURR
There as a New York junior delegate:
HAMILTON
Now what I’m going to say may sound indelicate…
BURR
Goes and proposes his own form of government!
His own plan for a new form of government!
COMPANY
Awwww!
What?
What?
BURR
Talks for six hours! The convention is listless!
ENSEMBLE MAN
Bright young man…
ANOTHER ENSEMBLE MAN
Yo, who the f is this?
BURR
Why do you always say what you believe?
Why do you always say what you believe?
Ev’ry proclamation guarantees free ammunition for your enemies!
BURR & MEN
Why do you write like it’s
Going out of style?
Write day and night like it’s
Going out of style?
COMPANY
Why do you always say what you believe?
Awww!
ALL WOMEN
Going out of style, hey!
Going out of style, hey!
BURR & COMPANY
Ev’ry day you fight like it’s
Going out of style
Do what you do
BURR
Alexander?
HAMILTON
Aaron Burr, sir
BURR
It’s the middle of the night
HAMILTON
Can we confer, sir?
BURR
Is this a legal matter?
HAMILTON
Yes, and it’s important to me
BURR
What do you need?
HAMILTON
Burr, you’re a better lawyer than me
BURR
Okay
HAMILTON
I know I talk too much, I’m abrasive
You’re incredible in court. You’re succinct, persuasive
My client needs a strong defense. You’re the solution
BURR
Who’s your client?
HAMILTON
The new U.S. Constitution?
BURR
No
HAMILTON
Hear me out
BURR
No way!
HAMILTON
A series of essays, anonymously published
Defending the document to the public
BURR
No one will read it
HAMILTON
I disagree
BURR
And if it fails?
HAMILTON
Burr, that’s why we need it
BURR
The constitution’s a mess
HAMILTON
So it needs amendments
BURR
It’s full of contradictions
HAMILTON
So is independence
We have to start somewhere
BURR
No. No way
HAMILTON
You’re making a mistake
BURR
Good night
HAMILTON
Hey
What are you waiting for?
What do you stall for?
BURR
What?
HAMILTON
We won the war
What was it all for?
Do you support this constitution?
BURR
Of course
HAMILTON
Then defend it
BURR
And what if you’re backing the wrong horse?
HAMILTON
Burr, we studied and we fought and we killed
For the notion of a nation we now get to build
For once in your life, take a stand with pride
I don’t understand how you stand to the side
BURR
I’ll keep all my plans
Close to my chest
I’ll wait here and see
Which way the wind
Will blow
I’m taking my time
Watching the
Afterbirth of a nation
Watching the tension grow
ENSEMBLE
Wait for it, wait for
It, wait…
Which way the wind
Will blow
I’m taking my time
Watching the
Afterbirth of a nation
Watching the tension grow
ANGELICA
I am sailing off to London
I’m accompanied by someone who always pays
I have found a wealthy husband
Who will keep me in comfort for all my days
He is not a lot of fun, but there’s no one
Who can match you for turn of phrase
My Alexander
HAMILTON
Angelica
ANGELICA
Don’t forget to write
ELIZA
Look at where you are
Look at where you started
The fact that you’re alive is a miracle
Just stay alive, that would be enough
And if your wife could share a fraction of your time
If I could grant you peace of mind
Would that be enough?
BURR
Alexander joins forces with James Madison and John Jay to write a series of essays defending the new United States Constitution, entitled The Federalist Papers. The plan was to write a total of twenty-five essays, the work divided evenly among the three men. In the end, they wrote eighty-five essays, in the span of six months. John Jay got sick after writing five. James Madison wrote twenty-nine. Hamilton wrote the other fifty-one!
BURR
How do you write like you’re
Running out of time?
Write day and night like you’re
Running out of time?
BURR AND MEN
Ev’ry day you fight like you’re
Running out of time like you’re
Running out of time
Are you running out of time?
ALL WOMEN
Running out of time?
Running out of time?
Running out of time
Running out of time
Awwww!
FULL COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON)
How do you write like tomorrow won’t arrive?
How do you write like you need it to survive?
How do you write ev’ry second you’re alive?
Ev’ry second you’re alive? Ev’ry second you’re alive?
WASHINGTON
They are asking me to lead
I am doing the best I can
To get the people that I need
I’m asking you to be my right hand man
HAMILTON
Treasury or State?
WASHINGTON
I know it’s a lot to ask
HAMILTON
Treasury or State?
WASHINGTON
To leave behind the world you know…
HAMILTON
Sir, do you want me to run the Treasury or State department?
WASHINGTON
Treasury
HAMILTON
Let’s go
ELIZA
Alexander…
HAMILTON
I have to leave
ELIZA
Alexander—
HAMILTON
Look around, look around at how lucky we are to be alive right now
ELIZA
Helpless…
HAMILTON
They are asking me to lead
ELIZA
Look around, isn’t this enough?
ANGELICA
He will never be satisfied
He will never be satisfied
Satisfied
Satisfied…
He will never be satisfied
Satisfied…
Satisfied…
Why do you fight like
ELIZA
What would be enough
To
Be satisfied
Satisfied
Satisfied…
Look around
Look around!
Isn’t this enough?
What would be enough?
Why do you fight like
WASH
History has its eyes…
On…
You!
WASH/MULL/LAUR/LAF
History has its eyes…
On…
You…
BURR
Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room? Why do you assume you’re the smartest in the room?
Soon that attitude’s gonna be your doom!
Why do you fight like you’re running out of time?
Why do you fight like
All
Non-stop!
Non-stop!
Non-stop!
Non-stop!
COMPANY
History has its eyes on you
HAMILTON
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
I am
Alexander Hamilton!
I am not throwin’ away my shot!
COMPANY
Seventeen. Se- se- seventeen…
Se- se- seventeen…
BURR
1789
How does the bastard orphan
Immigrant decorated war vet
Unite the colonies through more debt?
Fight the other founding fathers til he has to forfeit?
Have it all, lose it all
You ready for more yet?
Treasury Secretary. Washington’s the President
Ev’ry American experiment sets a precedent
Not so fast. Someone came along to resist him
Pissed him off until we had a two-party system
You haven’t met him yet, you haven’t had the chance
‘cause he’s been kickin’ ass as the ambassador to France
But someone’s gotta keep the American promise
You simply must meet Thomas. Thomas!
COMPANY
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home!
Thomas Jefferson’s coming home Lord he’s
Been off in Paris for so long!
Aaa-ooo!
Aaa-ooo!
JEFFERSON
France is following us to revolution
There is no more status quo
But the sun comes up
And the world still spins
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo!
JEFFERSON
I helped Lafayette draft a declaration
Then I said, ‘I gotta go
I gotta be in Monticello.’
Now the work at home begins…
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo!
JEFFERSON
So what’d I miss?
What’d I miss?
Virginia, my home sweet home, I wanna give you a kiss
I’ve been in Paris meeting lots of different ladies…
I guess I basic’lly missed the late eighties…
I traveled the wide, wide world and came back to this…
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo!
JEFFERSON
There’s a letter on my desk from the President
Haven’t even put my bags down yet
Sally be a lamb, darlin’, won’tcha open it?
It says the President’s assembling a cabinet
And that I am to be the Secretary of State, great!
And that I’m already Senate-approved…
I just got home and now I’m headed up to New York
ENSEMBLE
Headin’ to New York!
Headin’ to New York!
JEFFERSON
Lookin’ at the rolling fields
I can’t believe that we are free
Ready to face
Whatever’s awaiting
Me in N.Y.C.
ENSEMBLE
Believe that we are free
Me in N.Y.C.
JEFFERSON
But who’s waitin’ for me when I step in the place?
My friend James Madison, red in the face
JEFFERSON
He grabs my arm and
I respond
“What’s goin’ on?”
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo!
MADISON
Thomas, we are engaged in a battle for our nation’s very soul
Can you get us out of the mess we’re in?
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo!
MADISON
Hamilton’s new financial plan is nothing less
Than government control
I’ve been fighting for the South alone
Where have you been?
ENSEMBLE
Aaa-ooo! JEFFERSON
Uh…France.
MADISON
We have to win
JEFFERSON
What’d I miss?
What’d I miss?
Headfirst into a political abyss!
I have my first cabinet meeting today
I guess I better think of something to say
I’m already on my way
Let’s get to the bottom of this…
ENSEMBLE
Wha? Wha? What’d I miss?
I’ve come home to this?
Headfirst, into the abyss!
Chik-a-pow!
On my way
What did I miss?
Ahhh ah!
WASHINGTON
Mr. Jefferson, welcome home
HAMILTON
Mr. Jefferson? Alexander Hamilton
WASHINGTON AND ENSEMBLE
Mr. Jefferson, welcome home
COMPANY
Mr. Jefferson, welcome home
Sir, you’ve been off in Paris for so long!
JEFFERSON
So what did I miss?
WASHINGTON
Ladies and gentlemen, you coulda been anywhere in the world tonight, but you’re here with us in New York City. Are you ready for a cabinet meeting???
The issue on the table: Secretary Hamilton’s plan to assume state debt and establish a national bank. Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor, sir
JEFFERSON
‘Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’
We fought for these ideals; we shouldn’t settle for less
These are wise words, enterprising men quote ‘em
Don’t act surprised, you guys, cuz I wrote ‘em
JEFFERSON/MADISON
Oww
JEFFERSON
But Hamilton forgets
His plan would have the government assume state’s debts
Now, place your bets as to who that benefits:
The very seat of government where Hamilton sits
HAMILTON
Not true!
JEFFERSON
Ooh, if the shoe fits, wear it
If New York’s in debt—
Why should Virginia bear it? Uh! Our debts are paid, I’m afraid
Don’t tax the South cuz we got it made in the shade
In Virginia, we plant seeds in the ground
We create. You just wanna move our money around
This financial plan is an outrageous demand
And it’s too many damn pages for any man to understand
Stand with me in the land of the free
And pray to God we never see Hamilton’s candidacy
Look, when Britain taxed our tea, we got frisky
Imagine what gon’ happen when you try to tax our whisky
CROWD (reacting)
That's my alcohol!
WASHINGTON
Thank you, Secretary Jefferson
Secretary Hamilton, your response
HAMILTON
Thomas. That was a real nice declaration
Welcome to the present, we’re running a real nation
Would you like to join us, or stay mellow
Doin’ whatever the hell it is you do in Monticello?
If we assume the debts, the union gets
A new line of credit, a financial diuretic
How do you not get it? If we’re aggressive and competitive
The union gets a boost. You’d rather give it a sedative?
A civics lesson from a slaver. Hey neighbor
Your debts are paid cuz you don’t pay for labor
“We plant seeds in the South. We create.”
Yeah, keep ranting
We know who’s really doing the planting
And another thing, Mr. Age of Enlightenment
Don’t lecture me about the war, you didn’t fight in it
You think I’m frightened of you, man?
We almost died in a trench
While you were off getting high with the French
Thomas Jefferson, always hesitant with the President
Reticent—there isn’t a plan he doesn’t jettison
Madison, you’re mad as a hatter, son, take your medicine
Damn, you’re in worse shape than the national debt is in
Sittin’ there useless as two shits
Hey, turn around, bend over, I’ll show you
Where my shoe fits
WASHINGTON
Excuse me? Madison, Jefferson, take a walk! Hamilton, take a walk! We’ll reconvene after a brief recess. Hamilton!
HAMILTON
Sir!
WASHINGTON
A word
MADISON
You don’t have the votes
JEFFERSON/MADISON
You don’t have the votes
JEFFERSON
Aha-ha-ha ha!
JEFFERSON/MADISON
You’re gonna need congressional approval and you don’t have the votes
JEFFERSON
Such a blunder sometimes it makes me wonder why I even bring the thunder
MADISON
Why he even brings the thunder…
WASHINGTON
You wanna pull yourself together?
HAMILTON
I’m sorry, these Virginians are birds of a feather
WASHINGTON
Young man, I’m from Virginia, so watch your mouth
HAMILTON
So we let Congress get held hostage by the South?
WASHINGTON
You need the votes
HAMILTON
No, we need bold strokes. We need this plan
WASHINGTON
No, you need to convince more folks
HAMILTON
James Madison won’t talk to me, that’s a nonstarter
WASHINGTON
Winning was easy, young man. Governing’s harder
HAMILTON
They’re being intransigent
WASHINGTON
You have to find a compromise
HAMILTON
But they don’t have a plan, they just hate mine!
WASHINGTON
Convince them otherwise
HAMILTON
What happens if I don’t get congressional approval?
WASHINGTON
I imagine they’ll call for your removal
HAMILTON
Sir—
WASHINGTON
Figure it out, Alexander. That’s an order from your commander
ELIZA
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
Good! Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
Sept huit neuf—
Sept huit neuf—
PHILIP
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
Sept huit neuf—
Sept huit neuf—
ELIZA AND PHILIP
One two three four five six seven eight nine!
HAMILTON
My dearest, Angelica
“Tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day”
I trust you’ll understand the reference to
Another Scottish tragedy without my having to name the play
They think me Macbeth, and ambition is my folly
I’m a polymath, a pain in the ass, a massive pain
Madison is Banquo, Jefferson’s Macduff
And Birnam Wood is Congress on its way to Dunsinane
HAMILTON/ANGELICA
And there you are, an ocean away
Do you have to live an ocean away?
Thoughts of you subside
Then I get another letter
I cannot put the notion away…
ELIZA
Take a break
HAMILTON
I am on my way
ELIZA
There’s a little surprise before supper
And it cannot wait
HAMILTON
I’ll be there in just a minute, save my plate
ELIZA
Alexander—
HAMILTON
Okay, okay—
ELIZA
Your son is nine years old today
And he has something that he’d like to say
He’s been practicing all day
Philip, take it away—
PHILIP
Daddy, daddy, look—
My name is Philip
I am a poet
I wrote this poem just
To show it
And I just turned nine
You can write rhymes
But you can’t write mine
I practice French
And play piano with my mother
I have a sister, but I want a little brother
My daddy’s trying to start America’s bank
Un deux trois quatre cinq!
HAMILTON
What!
Uh-huh!
Okay!
Bravo!
ELIZA
Take a break
HAMILTON
Hey, our kid is pretty great
ELIZA
Run away with us for the summer
Let’s go upstate
HAMILTON
Eliza, I’ve got so much on my plate
ELIZA
We can all go stay with my father
There’s a lake I know…
HAMILTON
I know
ELIZA
In a nearby park
HAMILTON
I’d love to go
ELIZA
You and I can go when the night gets dark…
HAMILTON
I will try to get away
ANGELICA
My dearest Alexander
You must get through to Jefferson
Sit down with him and compromise
Don’t stop ‘til you agree
Your fav’rite older sister
Angelica, reminds you
There’s someone in your corner all the way across the sea
In a letter I received from you two weeks ago
I noticed a comma in the middle of a phrase
It changed the meaning. Did you intend this?
One stroke and you’ve consumed my waking days
It says:
HAMILTON/ANGELICA
“My dearest Angelica”
ANGELICA
With a comma after “dearest.” You’ve written
HAMILTON AND ANGELICA
“My dearest, Angelica.”
ANGELICA
Anyway, all this to say
I’m coming home this summer
At my sister’s invitation
I’ll be there with your fam’ly
If you make your way upstate
I know you’re very busy
I know your work’s important
But I’m crossing the ocean and I just can’t wait
HAMILTON AND ANGELICA
You won’t be an ocean away
You will only be a moment away…
ELIZA
Alexander, come downstairs. Angelica’s arriving today!
ELIZA
Angelica!
ANGELICA
Eliza!
HAMILTON
The Schuyler sisters!
ANGELICA
Alexander
HAMILTON
Hi
ANGELICA
It’s good to see your face
ELIZA
Angelica, tell this man John Adams spends the summer with his family
HAMILTON
Angelica, tell my wife John Adams doesn’t have a real job anyway
ANGELICA
…you’re not joining us? Wait
HAMILTON
I’m afraid I cannot join you upstate
ANGELICA
Alexander, I came all this way
ELIZA
She came all this way—
ANGELICA
All this way—
ELIZA AND ANGELICA
Take a break
HAMILTON
You know I have to get my plan through Congress
ELIZA AND ANGELICA
Run away with us for the summer
Let’s go upstate
HAMILTON
I lose my job if I don’t get my plan through Congress
ELIZA AND ANGELICA
We can all go stay with our father
ELIZA
There’s a lake I know
In a nearby park
You and I can go
Take a break and get away—
Let’s go upstate
Where we can stay
Look around, look around
At how lucky we are to be alive right now—
We can go—
When the night gets dark
Take a break.
ANGELICA
I know I’ll miss your face—
Screw your courage to the sticking place—
Eliza’s right—
Take a break
Run away with us for the summer—
Let’s go upstate
We can all go stay with our father
If you take your time—
You will make your mark
Close your eyes and dream—
When the night gets dark
Take a break.
HAMILTON
I have to get my plan through Congress
I can’t stop until I get this plan through Congress
BURR
There’s nothing like summer in the city
Someone under stress meets someone looking pretty
There’s trouble in the air, you can smell it
And Alexander’s by himself. I’ll let him tell it
HAMILTON
I hadn’t slept in a week
I was weak, I was awake
You never seen a bastard orphan
More in need of a break
Longing for Angelica
Missing my wife
That’s when Miss Maria Reynolds walked into my life, she said:
MARIA
I know you are a man of honor
I’m so sorry to bother you at home
But I don’t know where to go, and I came here all alone…
HAMILTON
She said:
MARIA
My husband’s doin’ me wrong
Beatin’ me, cheatin’ me, mistreatin’ me…
Suddenly he’s up and gone
I don’t have the means to go on
HAMILTON
So I offered her a loan, I offered to walk her home, she said
MARIA
You’re too kind, sir
HAMILTON
I gave her thirty bucks that I had socked away
She lived a block away, she said:
MARIA
This one’s mine, sir
HAMILTON
Then I said, “well, I should head back home,”
She turned red, she led me to her bed
Let her legs spread and said:
MARIA
Stay?
HAMILTON
Hey…
MARIA
Hey…
HAMILTON
That’s when I began to pray:
Lord, show me how to
Say no to this
I don’t know how to
Say no to this
But my God, she looks so helpless
And her body’s saying, “hell, yes”
MARIA
Whoa…
HAMILTON
Nooo, show me how to
HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE
Say no to this
HAMILTON
I don’t know how to
HAMILTON/ENSEMBLE
Say no to this
HAMILTON
In my mind, I’m tryin’ to go
ENSEMBLE
Go! Go! Go!
HAMILTON
Then her mouth is on mine, and I don’t say…
ENSEMBLE
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!
No! No!
Say no to this!
HAMILTON
I wish I could say that was the last time
I said that last time. It became a pastime
A month into this endeavor I received a letter
From a Mr. James Reynolds, even better, it said:
JAMES
Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
In the pockets of people like me: down on their luck
You see, that was my wife who you decided to
HAMILTON
Fuuuu—
JAMES
Uh-oh! You made the wrong sucker a cuckold
So time to pay the piper for the pants you unbuckled
And hey, you can keep seein’ my whore wife
If the price is right: if not I’m telling your wife
HAMILTON
I hid the letter and I raced to her place
Screamed “How could you?!” in her face
She said:
MARIA
No, sir!
HAMILTON
Half dressed, apologetic. A mess, she looked
Pathetic, she cried:
MARIA
Please don’t go, sir!
HAMILTON
So was your whole story a setup?
MARIA
I don’t know about any letter!
HAMILTON
Stop crying
Goddamnit, get up!
MARIA
I didn’t know any better
HAMILTON
I am ruined…
MARIA
Please don’t leave me with him helpless
Just give him what he wants and you can have me
Whatever you want,
HAMILTON
I am helpless—how could I do this?
I don’t want you
I don’t want you
MARIA
If you pay
You can stay
Tonight
Helpless
Whoa!
How can you
Say no to this?
HAMILTON
Yes
Yes
Yes
Yes. HAMILTON
I don’t…
Lord, show me how to
Say no to this
I don’t know how to
Say no to this
Cuz the situation’s helpless
And her body’s screaming, “Hell, yes”
No, show me how to
Say no to this
How can I
Say no to this?
There is nowhere I can go
When her body’s on mine I do not say…
MARIA
Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
Yes!
ENSEMBLE
Say no to this!
Say no to this!
Say no to this!
Say no to this!
Go! Go! Go!
No!
ENSEMBLE
Say no to this!
No!
Say no to this!
No!
Say no to this!
No!
Say no to this!
HAMILTON
Say no to this…
I don’t say no to this
There is nowhere I can go.
MARIA
Don’t say no to this
ENSEMBLE
Go go go…
JAMES
So?
HAMILTON
Nobody needs to know
BURR
Ah, Mister Secretary
HAMILTON
Mister Burr, sir
BURR
Didja hear the news about good old General Mercer?
HAMILTON
No
BURR
You know Clermont Street?
HAMILTON
Yeah
BURR
They renamed it after him. The Mercer legacy is secure
HAMILTON
Sure
BURR
And all he had to do was die
HAMILTON
That’s a lot less work
BURR
We oughta give it a try
HAMILTON
Ha
BURR
Now how’re you gonna get your debt plan through?
HAMILTON
I guess I’m gonna fin’ly have to listen to you
BURR
Really?
HAMILTON
“Talk less. Smile more.”
BURR
Ha
HAMILTON
Do whatever it takes to get my plan on the Congress floor
BURR
Now, Madison and Jefferson are merciless.
HAMILTON
Well, hate the sin, love the sinner
MADISON
Hamilton!
HAMILTON
I’m sorry Burr, I’ve gotta go
BURR
But—
HAMILTON
Decisions are happening over dinner
BURR
Two Virginians and an immigrant walk into a room
BURR AND ENSEMBLE
Diametric’ly opposed, foes
BURR
They emerge with a compromise, having opened doors that were
BURR AND ENSEMBLE
Previously closed
ENSEMBLE
Bros
BURR
The immigrant emerges with unprecedented financial power
A system he can shape however he wants
The Virginians emerge with the nation’s capital
And here’s the pièce de résistance:
BURR
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
No one really knows how the game is played
The art of the trade
How the sausage gets made
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in
The room where it happens.
ENSEMBLE
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
How the sausage gets made
Assume that it happens
The room where it happens.
BURR AND COMPANY
Thomas claims—
JEFFERSON
Alexander was on Washington’s doorstep one day
In distress ‘n disarray
BURR AND COMPANY
Thomas claims—
JEFFERSON
Alexander said—
HAMILTON
I’ve nowhere else to turn!
JEFFERSON
And basic’ly begged me to join the fray
BURR AND COMPANY
Thomas claims—
JEFFERSON
I approached Madison and said—
“I know you hate ‘im, but let’s hear what he has to say.”
BURR AND COMPANY
Thomas claims—
JEFFERSON
Well, I arranged the meeting
I arranged the menu, the venue, the seating
BURR
But!
No one else was in—
BURR AND COMPANY
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
BURR
No one else was in—
BURR AND COMPANY
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
BURR
No one really knows how the
Parties get to yesssss
The pieces that are sacrificed in
Ev’ry game of chesssss
We just assume that it happens
But no one else is in
The room where it happens.
COMPANY
Parties get to yesssss
Ev’ry game of chesssss
Assume that it happens
The room where it happens.
BURR AND COMPANY
Meanwhile—
BURR
Madison is grappling with the fact that not ev’ry issue can be settled by committee
COMPANY
Meanwhile—
BURR
Congress is fighting over where to put the capital—
Company screams in chaos
BURR
It isn’t pretty
Then Jefferson approaches with a dinner and invite
And Madison responds with Virginian insight:
MADISON
Maybe we can solve one problem with another and win a victory for the Southerners, in other words—
JEFFERSON
Oh-ho!
MADISON
A quid pro quo
JEFFERSON
I suppose
MADISON
Wouldn’t you like to work a little closer to home?
JEFFERSON
Actually, I would
MADISON
Well, I propose the Potomac
JEFFERSON
And you’ll provide him his votes?
MADISON
Well, we’ll see how it goes
JEFFERSON
Let’s go
BURR
No!
COMPANY
—one else was in
The room where it happened
BURR AND COMPANY
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
No one else was in
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
The room where it happened
BURR
My God!
BURR AND COMPANY
In God we trust
But we’ll never really know what got discussed
Click-boom then it happened
BURR
And no one else was in the room where it happened
COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton!
BURR
What did they say to you to get you to sell New York City down the river?
COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton!
BURR
Did Washington know about the dinner?
Was there Presidential pressure to deliver?
COMPANY
Alexander Hamilton!
BURR
Or did you know, even then, it doesn’t matter
Where you put the U.S. Capital?
HAMILTON
Cuz we’ll have the banks
We’re in the same spot
BURR
You got more than you gave
HAMILTON
And I wanted what I got
When you got skin in the game, you stay in the game
But you don’t get a win unless you play in the game
Oh, you get love for it. You get hate for it
You get nothing if you…
HAMILTON AND COMPANY
Wait for it, wait for it, wait!
HAMILTON
God help and forgive me
I wanna build
Something that’s gonna
Outlive me
HAMILTON/JEFFERSON/
MADISON/WASHINGTON
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?
If you stand for nothing
Burr, then what do you fall for?
COMPANY
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want, Burr?
What do you want?
BURR
I
Wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I
Wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
BURR
I
Wanna be
In the room where it happens
I
I wanna be in the room…
Oh
Oh
I wanna be
I wanna be
I’ve got to be
I’ve got to be
In that room
In that big ol’ room COMPANY
I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I wanna be in the room
Where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I wanna be in
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens.
COMPANY
The art of the compromise—
BURR
Hold your nose and close your eyes
COMPANY
We want our leaders to save the day—
BURR
But we don’t get a say in what they trade away
COMPANY
We dream of a brand new start—
BURR
But we dream in the dark for the most part
BURR AND COMPANY
Dark as a tomb where it happens
BURR
I’ve got to be in
The room…
I’ve got to be…
I’ve got to be…
Oh, I’ve got to be in
The room where it happens…
I’ve got to be, I’ve gotta be, I’ve gotta be…
In the room!
Click-boom!
COMPANY
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
The room where it happens
I wanna be in the room
Where it happens!
Click-boom!
PHILIP
Look!
Grandpa’s in the paper!
“War hero Philip Schuyler loses senate seat to young upstart Aaron Burr”
Grandpa just lost his seat in the senate
ELIZA
Sometimes that’s how it goes
PHILIP
Daddy’s gonna find out any minute
ELIZA
I’m sure he already knows
PHILIP
Further down
PHILIP & ELIZA
Further down
PHILIP
Let’s meet the newest senator from New York
ELIZA
New York
PHILIP & ELIZA
Our senator
HAMILTON
Burr?
Since when are you a Democratic-Republican?
BURR
Since being one put me on the up and up again
HAMILTON
No one knows who you are or what you do
BURR
They don’t need to know me
They don’t like you
HAMILTON
Excuse me?
BURR
Oh, Wall Street thinks you’re great
You’ll always be adored by the things you create
But upstate—
HAMILTON
Wait
BURR
—people think you’re crooked
Schuyler’s seat was up for grabs so I took it
HAMILTON
I’ve always considered you a friend
BURR
I don’t see why that has to end
HAMILTON
You changed parties to run against my father-in-law
BURR
I changed parties to seize the opportunity I saw
I swear your pride will be the death of us all
Beware, it goeth before the fall
WASHINGTON
The issue on the table: France is on the verge of war with England, and do we provide aid and our troops to our French allies or do we stay out of it? Remember, my decision on this matter is not subject to congressional approval. The only person you have to convince is me. Secretary Jefferson, you have the floor, sir
JEFFERSON
When we were on death’s door, when we were needy
We made a promise, we signed a treaty
We needed money and guns and half a chance
Who provided those funds?
MADISON
France
JEFFERSON
In return, they didn’t ask for land
Only a promise that we’d lend a hand
And stand with them if they fought against oppressors
And revolution is messy but now is the time to stand
Stand with our brothers as they fight against tyranny
I know that Alexander Hamilton is here and he
Would rather not have this debate
I’ll remind you that he is not Secretary of State
He knows nothing of loyalty
Smells like new money, dresses like fake royalty
Desperate to rise above his station
Everything he does betrays the ideals of our nation
ENSEMBLE
Ooh!!
JEFFERSON
Hey, and if ya don’t know, now ya know, Mr. President
WASHINGTON
Thank you, Secretary Jefferson. Secretary Hamilton, your response
HAMILTON
You must be out of your Goddamn mind if you think
The President is gonna bring the nation to the brink
Of meddling in the middle of a military mess
A game of chess, where France is Queen and Kingless
We signed a treaty with a King whose head is now in a basket
Would you like to take it out and ask it?
“Should we honor our treaty, King Louis’ head?”
“Uh… do whatever you want, I’m super dead.”
WASHINGTON
Enough. Hamilton is right
JEFFERSON
Mr. President—
WASHINGTON
We’re too fragile to start another fight
JEFFERSON
But sir, do we not fight for freedom?
WASHINGTON
Sure, when the French figure out who’s gonna lead ‘em
JEFFERSON
The people are leading—
WASHINGTON
The people are rioting
There’s a difference. Frankly, it’s a little disquieting you would let your ideals blind you to reality
Hamilton
HAMILTON
Sir
WASHINGTON
Draft a statement of neutrality
JEFFERSON
Did you forget Lafayette?
HAMILTON
What?
JEFFERSON
Have you an ounce of regret?
You accumulate debt, you accumulate power
Yet in their hour of need, you forget
HAMILTON
Lafayette’s a smart man, he’ll be fine
And before he was your friend, he was mine
If we try to fight in every revolution in the world, we never stop
Where do we draw the line?
JEFFERSON
So quick-witted
HAMILTON
Alas, I admit it
JEFFERSON
I bet you were quite a lawyer
HAMILTON
My defendants got acquitted
JEFFERSON
Yeah. Well, someone oughta remind you
HAMILTON
What?
JEFFERSON
You’re nothing without Washington behind you
WASHINGTON
Hamilton!
JEFFERSON
Daddy’s calling!
BURR
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
JEFFERSON
Ev’ry action has its equal, opposite reactions
Thanks to Hamilton, our cab’net’s fractured into factions
Try not to crack under the stress, we’re breaking down like fractions
We smack each other in the press, and we don’t print retractions
I get no satisfaction witnessing his fits of passion
The way he primps and preens and dresses like the pits of fashion
Our poorest citizens, our farmers, live ration to ration
As Wall Street robs ‘em blind in search of chips to cash in
This prick is askin’ for someone to bring him to task
Somebody gimme some dirt on this vacuous mass so we can at last unmask him
I’ll pull the trigger on him, someone load the gun and cock it
While we were all watching, he got Washington in his pocket
JEFFERSON AND BURR
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
Look back at the Bill of Rights
MADISON
Which I wrote
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
The ink hasn’t dried
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
MADISON
So he’s doubled the size of the government
Wasn’t the trouble with much of our previous government size?
BURR
Look in his eyes!
JEFFERSON
See how he lies
MADISON
Follow the scent of his enterprise
JEFFERSON
Centralizing national credit
And making American credit competitive
MADISON
If we don’t stop it we aid and abet it
JEFFERSON
I have to resign
MADISON
Somebody has to stand up for the South!
BURR
Somebody has to stand up to his mouth!
JEFFERSON
If there’s a fire you’re trying to douse
MADISON AND JEFFERSON
You can’t put it out from inside the house
JEFFERSON
I’m in the cabinet. I am complicit in
Watching him grabbin’ at power and kiss it
If Washington isn’t gon’ listen
To disciplined dissidents, this is the difference:
This kid is out!
MADISON/BURR/JEFFERSON
Oh!
This immigrant isn’t somebody we chose
Oh!
This immigrant’s keeping us all on our toes
Oh!
Let’s show these Federalists who they’re up against!
Oh!
JEFFERSON/MADISON
Southern motherfuckin’—
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Democratic-Republicans!
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR/ENSEMBLE
Oh!
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Let’s follow the money and see where it goes
ENSEMBLE
Oh!
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Because every second the Treasury grows
ENSEMBLE
Oh!
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
If we follow the money and see where it leads
Get in the weeds, look for the seeds of
Hamilton’s misdeeds
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
It must be nice. It must be nice
MADISON
Follow the money and see where it goes
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
It must be nice. It must be nice
JEFFERSON
The emperor has no clothes
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
We won’t be invisible. We won’t be denied
Still
It must be nice, it must be nice to have
Washington on your side
HAMILTON
Mr. President, you asked to see me?
WASHINGTON
I know you’re busy
HAMILTON
What do you need, sir? Sir?
WASHINGTON
I wanna give you a word of warning
HAMILTON
Sir, I don’t know what you heard
But whatever it is, Jefferson started it
WASHINGTON
Thomas Jefferson resigned this morning
HAMILTON
You’re kidding
WASHINGTON
I need a favor
HAMILTON
Whatever you say, sir, Jefferson will pay for his behavior
WASHINGTON
Shh. Talk less
HAMILTON
I’ll use the press
I’ll write under a pseudonym, you’ll see what I can do to him—
WASHINGTON
I need you to draft an address
HAMILTON
Yes! He resigned. You can finally speak your mind—
WASHINGTON
No, he’s stepping down so he can run for President
HAMILTON
Ha. Good luck defeating you, sir
WASHINGTON
I’m stepping down. I’m not running for President
HAMILTON
I’m sorry, what?
WASHINGTON
One last time
Relax, have a drink with me
One last time
Let’s take a break tonight
And then we’ll teach them how to say goodbye
To say goodbye
You and I
HAMILTON
No, sir, why?
WASHINGTON
I wanna talk about neutrality
HAMILTON
Sir, with Britain and France on the verge of war, is this the best time—
WASHINGTON
I want to warn against partisan fighting
HAMILTON
But—
WASHINGTON
Pick up a pen, start writing
I wanna talk about what I have learned
The hard-won wisdom I have earned
HAMILTON
As far as the people are concerned
You have to serve, you could continue to serve—
WASHINGTON
No! One last time
The people will hear from me
One last time
And if we get this right
We’re gonna teach ‘em how to say
Goodbye
You and I—
HAMILTON
Mr. President, they will say you’re weak
WASHINGTON
No, they will see we’re strong
HAMILTON
Your position is so unique
WASHINGTON
So I’ll use it to move them along
HAMILTON
Why do you have to say goodbye?
WASHINGTON
If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on
It outlives me when I’m gone
Like the scripture says:
“Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree
And no one shall make them afraid.”
They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve made
I wanna sit under my own vine and fig tree
A moment alone in the shade
At home in this nation we’ve made
One last time
HAMILTON
One last time
HAMILTON
Though, in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors. I shall also carry with me
HAMILTON
The hope
That my country will
View them with indulgence;
And that
After forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal
The faults of incompetent abilities will be
Consigned to oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust
Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers. WASHINGTON
The hope
View them with indulgence
After forty-five years of my life dedicated to its service with an upright zeal
Consigned to oblivion, as I myself must soon be to the mansions of rest
I anticipate with pleasing expectation that retreat in which I promise myself to realize the sweet enjoyment of partaking, in the midst of my fellow-citizens, the benign influence of good laws
Under a free government, the ever-favorite object of my heart, and the happy reward, as I trust
Of our mutual cares, labors, and dangers.
WASHINGTON
One last time
ALL WOMEN
George Washington’s going home!
HAMILTON
Teach ‘em how to say goodbye
WASHINGTON
You and I
Going home
History has its eyes on you
We’re gonna teach ‘em how to
Say goodbye!
Teach ‘em how to
Say goodbye!
To say goodbye!
Say goodbye!
One last time! COMPANY
George Washington’s going home
George Washington’s going home
George Washington’s going home
George Washington’s going home
Teach ‘em how to say goodbye!
Teach ‘em how!
Say goodbye!
Say goodbye!
One last time!
KING GEORGE
They say
George Washington’s yielding his power and stepping away
‘Zat true?
I wasn’t aware that was something a person could do
I’m perplexed
Are they gonna keep on replacing whoever’s in charge?
If so, who’s next?
There’s nobody else in their country who looms quite as large…
A sentinel whispers in King George’s ear
John Adams?!
I know him
That can’t be
That’s that little guy who spoke to me
All those years ago
What was it, eighty-five?
That poor man, they’re gonna eat him alive!
Oceans rise
Empires fall
Next to Washington, they all look small
All alone
Watch them run
They will tear each other into pieces
Jesus Christ, this will be fun!
Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da
Da da da dat dat da ya daaaaa!
“President John Adams”
Good Luck
BURR
How does Hamilton the short-tempered
Protean creator of the Coast Guard
Founder of the New York Post
Ardently abuse his cab’net post
Destroy his reputation?
Welcome, folks, to
BURR/COMPANY
The Adams administration!
BURR
Jefferson’s the runner-up, which makes him the Vice President
JEFFERSON
Washington can’t help you now, no more mister nice President
BURR
Adams fires Hamilton
Privately calls him “creole bastard” in his taunts
JEFFERSON
Say what?!
BURR
Hamilton publishes his response
HAMILTON
Sit down, John, you fat mother—BLEEP
BURR
Hamilton is out of control
MADISON
This is great! He’s out of power. He holds no office. And he just destroyed President John Adams, the only other significant member of his party
JEFFERSON
Hamilton’s a host unto himself. As long as he can hold a pen, he’s a threat. Let’s let him know what we know
HAMILTON
Mr. Vice President
Mr. Madison
Senator Burr
What is this?
JEFFERSON
We have the check stubs. From separate accounts…
MADISON
Almost a thousand dollars, paid in different amounts…
BURR
To a Mr. James Reynolds way back in
Seventeen ninety-one
HAMILTON
Is that what you have? Are you done?
MADISON
You are uniquely situated by virtue of your position—
JEFFERSON
Though ‘virtue’ is not a word I’d apply to this situation—
MADISON
To seek financial gain, to stray from your sacred mission—
JEFFERSON
And the evidence suggests you’ve engaged in speculation—
BURR
An immigrant embezzling our government funds—
JEFFERSON/MADISON
I can almost see the headline, your career is done
BURR
I hope you saved some money for your daughter and sons
BURR/JEFFERSON/MADISON
Ya best g'wan run back where ya come from!
HAMILTON
Ha! You don’t even know what you’re asking me to confess
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Confess
HAMILTON
You have nothing. I don’t have to tell you anything at all
Unless
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Unless
HAMILTON
If I can prove that I never broke the law
Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw?
BURR
No one else was in the room where it happened
HAMILTON
Is that a yes?
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Um, yes
BURR
“Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health
And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth
In the pockets of people like me: down on their luck
You see, it was my wife who you decided to—”
JEFFERSON
Whaaaat—
HAMILTON
She courted me
Escorted me to bed and when she had me in a corner
That’s when Reynolds extorted me
For a sordid fee
I paid him quarterly
I may have mortally wounded my prospects
But my papers are orderly!
As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered
History. Check it again against your list n’ see consistency
I never spent a cent that wasn’t mine
You sent the dogs after my scent, that’s fine
Yes, I have reasons for shame
But I have not committed treason and sullied my good name
As you can see I have done nothing to provoke legal action
Are my answers to your satisfaction?
JEFFERSON
My God
MADISON
Gentlemen, let’s go
HAMILTON
So?
JEFFERSON AND MADISON
The people won't know what we know
HAMILTON
Burr!
How do I know you won’t use this against me
The next time we go toe to toe?
BURR
Alexander, rumors only grow. And we both
Know what we know
HAMILTON
In the eye of a hurricane
There is quiet
For just a moment
A yellow sky
When I was seventeen a hurricane
Destroyed my town
I didn’t drown
I couldn’t seem to die
I wrote my way out
Wrote everything down far as I could see
I wrote my way out
I looked up and the town had its eyes on me
They passed a plate around
Total strangers
Moved to kindness by my story
Raised enough for me to book passage on a
Ship that was New York bound…
I wrote my way out of hell
I wrote my way to revolution
I was louder than the crack in the bell
I wrote Eliza love letters until she fell
I wrote about The Constitution and defended it well
And in the face of ignorance and resistance
I wrote financial systems into existence
And when my prayers to God were met with indifference
I picked up a pen, I wrote my own deliverance
In the eye of a hurricane
There is quiet
For just a moment
A yellow sky
I was twelve when my mother died
She was holding me
We were sick and she was holding me
I couldn’t seem to die
BURR
Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it…
BURR AND ENSEMBLE
Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it…
Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, wait…
HAMILTON
I’ll write my way out…
Write ev’rything down, far as I can see…
I’ll write my way out…
Overwhelm them with honesty.
WASHINTON/
ELIZA/ANGELICA/
MARIA
History has its eyes on you
HAMILTON
This is the eye of the hurricane, this is the only
Way I can protect my legacy…
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON)
Wait for it, wait for it, wait for it, wait…
HAMILTON
The Reynolds Pamphlet
FULL COMPANY
The Reynolds Pamphlet
JEFFERSON/MADISON/ANGELICA
Have you read this?
BURR/JEFFERSON/MADISON
Alexander Hamilton had a torrid affair
And he wrote it down right there
MADISON
Highlights!
HAMILTON/JEFFERSON
“The charge against me
Is a connection with one
James Reynolds!
For purposes of
Improper speculation
My real crime is an
Amorous connection with his wife
For a considerable time
With his knowing consent
JAMES
James Reynolds!
BURR
My real crime is an
Amorous connection with his wife
MADISON/BURR/JEFFERSON
Damn!
HAMILTON/JEFFERSON/MADISON
“I had frequent meetings with her
Most of them at my own house.”
BURR
At his own house!
MADISON
At his own house!
DEEP VOICE
Damn!
HAMILTON/JEFFERSON
“Mrs. Hamilton with our children being absent
On a visit to her father.”
MADISON/BURR
No…
COMPANY
Boooo!
MADISON/BURR
Have you read this?
JEFFERSON
Well, he’s never gon’ be President now
MADISON/BURR
Never gon’ be President now
JEFFERSON
Well, he’s never gon’ be President now
MADISON/BURR
Never gon’ be President now
JEFFERSON
He’s never gon’ be President now
MADISON/BURR
Never gon’ be President now
JEFFERSON
That’s one less thing to worry about
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
That’s one less thing to worry about!
ANGELICA
I came as soon as I heard
JEFFERSON
What?!
HAMILTON
Angelica—
COMPANY
All the way from London?!
Damn
HAMILTON
Angelica, thank God
Someone who understands what I’m
Struggling here to do
ANGELICA
I’m not here for you
ENSEMBLE
Oooooh!
ANGELICA
I know my sister like I know my own mind
You will never find anyone as trusting or as kind
I love my sister more than anything in this life
I will choose her happiness over mine every time
Put what we had aside
I’m standing at her side
You could never be satisfied
God, I hope you’re satisfied
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Well, he’s never gon’ be President now
Well, he’s never gon’ be President now
Well, he’s never gon’ be President now
That’s one less thing to worry about.
ENSEMBLE MEN
Never gon’ be President now
Never gon’ be President now
Never gon’ be President now
That’s one less thing to worry about.
JEFFERSON/MADISON
Hey!
At least he was honest with our money!
Hey!
At least he was honest with our money!
HAMILTON
Hey!
At least I was honest with our money!
Hey!
At least he was honest with our money! ENSEMBLE WOMEN
Well he’s never gon’ be President now
Well he’s never gon’ be President now
Well he’s never gon’ be President now
That’s one less thing to worry about.
ENSEMBLE MEN
Well he’s never gon’ be President now
Well he’s never gon’ be President now
Well he’s never gon’ be President now.
FULL COMPANY
That’s one less thing to worry about!
The Reynolds Pamphlet
JEFFERSON/MADISON/BURR
Have you read this?
You ever see somebody ruin their own life?
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON/ELIZA)
His poor wife
ELIZA
I saved every letter you wrote me
From the moment I read them
I knew you were mine
You said you were mine
I thought you were mine
Do you know what Angelica said
When we saw your first letter arrive?
She said
“Be careful with that one, love
He will do what it takes to survive.”
You and your words flooded my senses
Your sentences left me defenseless
You built me palaces out of paragraphs
You built cathedrals
I’m re-reading the letters you wrote me
I’m searching and scanning for answers
In every line
For some kind of sign
And when you were mine
The world seemed to
Burn
Burn
You published the letters she wrote you
You told the whole world how you brought
This girl into our bed
In clearing your name, you have ruined our lives
Do you know what Angelica said
When she read what you’d done?
She said
“You have married an Icarus
He has flown too close to the sun.”
You and your words, obsessed with your legacy…
Your sentences border on senseless
And you are paranoid in every paragraph
How they perceive you
You, you, you…
I’m erasing myself from the narrative
Let future historians wonder how Eliza
Reacted when you broke her heart
You have torn it all apart
I am watching it
Burn
Watching it burn
The world has no right to my heart
The world has no place in our bed
They don’t get to know what I said
I’m burning the memories
Burning the letters that might have redeemed you
You forfeit all rights to my heart
You forfeit the place in our bed
You sleep in your office instead
With only the memories
Of when you were mine
I hope that you burn
PHILIP
Meet the latest graduate of King’s College!
I prob’ly shouldn’t brag, but, dag, I amaze and astonish!
The scholars say I got the same virtuosity and brains as my pops!
The ladies say my brain’s not where the resemblance stops!
I’m only nineteen but my mind is older
Gotta be my own man, like my father, but bolder
I shoulder his legacy with pride
I used to hear him say
That someday
I would—
ENSEMBLE
Blow us all away
PHILIP
Ladies, I’m lookin for a Mr. George Eacker
Made a speech last week, our Fourth of July speaker
He disparaged my father’s legacy in front of a crowd
I can’t have that, I’m making my father proud
MARTHA
I saw him just up Broadway a couple of blocks
He was goin’ to see a play
PHILIP
Well, I’ll go visit his box
DOLLY
God, you’re a fox
PHILIP
And y’all look pretty good in ya’ frocks
How ‘bout when I get back, we all strip down to our socks?
BOTH
Ok!
COMPANY
Blow us all away!
PHILIP
George!
GEORGE
Shh
PHILIP
George!
GEORGE
Shh! I’m tryin’ to watch the show!
PHILIP
Ya’ shoulda watched your mouth before you
Talked about my father though!
GEORGE
I didn’t say anything that wasn’t true
Your father’s a scoundrel, and so, it seems, are you
ENSEMBLE
Ooooooooooh!
PHILIP
It’s like that?
GEORGE
Yeah, I don’t fool around
I’m not your little schoolboy friends
PHILIP
See you on the dueling ground
That is, unless you wanna step outside and go now
GEORGE
I know where to find you, piss off
I’m watchin’ this show now
PHILIP
Pops, if you had only heard the shit he said about you
I doubt you would have let it slide and I was not about to—
HAMILTON
Slow down
PHILIP
I came to ask you for advice. This is my very first duel
They don’t exactly cover this subject in boarding school
HAMILTON
Did your friends attempt to negotiate a peace?
PHILIP
He refused to apologize, we had to let the peace talks cease
HAMILTON
Where is this happening?
PHILIP
Across the river, in Jersey
HAMILTON/PHILIP
Everything is legal in New Jersey…
HAMILTON
Alright. So this is what you’re gonna do:
Stand there like a man until Eacker is in front of you
When the time comes, fire your weapon in the air
This will put an end to the whole affair
PHILIP
But what if he decides to shoot? Then I’m a goner
HAMILTON
No. He’ll follow suit if he’s truly a man of honor
To take someone’s life, that is something you can’t shake
Philip, your mother can’t take another heartbreak
PHILIP
Father—
HAMILTON
Promise me. You don’t want this
Young man’s blood on your conscience
PHILIP
Okay, I promise
HAMILTON
Come back home when you’re done
Take my guns. Be smart. Make me proud, son
PHILIP
My name is Philip
I am a poet
I’m a little nervous, but I can’t show it
I’m sorry, I’m a Hamilton with pride
You talk about my father, I cannot let it slide
Mister Eacker! How was the rest of your show?
GEORGE
I’d rather skip the pleasantries
Let’s go
Grab your pistol
PHILIP
Confer with your men
The duel will commence after we count to ten
ENSEMBLE
Count to ten!
PHILIP
Look ‘em in the eye, aim no higher
Summon all the courage you require
Then slowly and clearly aim your gun towards the sky—
MALE ENSEMBLE
One two three four
FULL ENSEMBLE
Five six seven—
ENSEMBLE WOMEN
Stay alive…
Stay alive…
Stay alive…
HAMILTON
Where’s my son?
Is he alive?
DOCTOR
Mr. Hamilton, come in. They brought him in a half an hour ago. He lost a lot of blood on the way over.
DOCTOR
Yes. But you have to understand
The bullet entered just above his hip and
Lodged in his right arm
HAMILTON
Can I see him please?
DOCTOR
I’m doing ev’rything I can, but the wound was
Already infected when he arrived—
HAMILTON
Philip
PHILIP
Pa
I did exactly as you said, Pa
I held my head up high
HAMILTON
I know, I know. Shh
I know, I know
Shh. I know you did
Ev’rything just right
Shh
I know, I know
I know, I know
I know
Save your strength and
Stay alive…
PHILIP
High
Even before we got to ten—
I was aiming for the sky
I was aiming for the sky
ENSEMBLE MEN
Stay alive…
ELIZA
No!
HAMILTON
Eliza
ELIZA
Is he breathing? Is he going to survive this? ENSEMBLE MEN
Stay alive…
ELIZA
Who did this, Alexander, did you know?
PHILIP
Mom, I’m so sorry for forgetting what you taught me
ELIZA
My son—
PHILIP
We played piano
ELIZA
I taught you piano
PHILIP
You would put your hands on mine
ELIZA
You changed the melody every time
PHILIP
Ha. I would always change the line
ELIZA
Shh. I know, I know
PHILIP
I would always change the line
ELIZA
I know, I know
ELIZA
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
Good
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept
Huit neuf
Sept huit neuf—
Sept huit…
PHILIP
Un deux trois quatre
Cinq six sept huit neuf
PHILIP
Un deux trois…
ANGELICA
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is suffering too terrible to name
You hold your child as tight as you can
And push away the unimaginable
The moments when you’re in so deep
It feels easier to just swim down
ANGELICA/ENSEMBLE
The Hamiltons move uptown
And learn to live with the unimaginable
HAMILTON
I spend hours in the garden
I walk alone to the store
And it’s quiet uptown
I never liked the quiet before
I take the children to church on Sunday
A sign of the cross at the door
And I pray
That never used to happen before
ANGELICA AND WOMEN
If you see him in the street, walking by
Himself, talking to himself, have pity
HAMILTON
Philip, you would like it uptown
It’s quiet uptown
ANGELICA AND WOMEN
He is working through the unimaginable
ALL MEN (EXCEPT HAMILTON)
His hair has gone grey. He passes every day
They say he walks the length of the city
HAMILTON
You knock me out, I fall apart
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)
Can you imagine?
HAMILTON
Look at where we are
Look at where we started
I know I don’t deserve you, Eliza
But hear me out. That would be enough
If I could spare his life
If I could trade his life for mine
He’d be standing here right now
And you would smile, and that would be enough
I don’t pretend to know
The challenges we’re facing
I know there’s no replacing what we’ve lost
And you need time
But I’m not afraid
I know who I married
Just let me stay here by your side
That would be enough
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
HAMILTON
Eliza, do you like it uptown? It’s quiet uptown
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)
He is trying to do the unimaginable
See them walking in the park, long after dark
Taking in the sights of the city
HAMILTON
Look around, look around, Eliza
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)
They are trying to do the unimaginable
ANGELICA
There are moments that the words don’t reach
There is a grace too powerful to name
We push away what we can never understand
We push away the unimaginable
They are standing in the garden
Alexander by Eliza’s side
She takes his hand
ELIZA
It’s quiet uptown
COMPANY (EXCEPT HAMILTON AND ELIZA)
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
Forgiveness. Can you imagine?
If you see him in the street, walking by her
Side, talking by her side, have pity
They are going through the unimaginable
FULL COMPANY
The election of 1800
JEFFERSON
Can we get back to politics?
MADISON
Please?
JEFFERSON
Yo. Ev’ry action has an equal, opposite reaction
John Adams shat the bed. I love the guy, but he’s in traction
Poor Alexander Hamilton? He is missing in action
So now I’m facing—
JEFFERSON AND MADISON
Aaron Burr!
JEFFERSON
With his own faction
MADISON
He’s very attractive in the North. New Yorkers like his chances
JEFFERSON
He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances
MADISON
Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances
JEFFERSON
And they say I’m a Francophile: at least they know I know where France is!
MADISON
Thomas that’s the problem, see, they see Burr as a less extreme you
JEFFERSON
Ha!
MADISON
You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you
JEFFERSON
Who did you have in mind?
MADISON
Don’t laugh
JEFFERSON
Who is it?
MADISON
You used to work on the same staff
JEFFERSON
Whaaaat
MADISON
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side
JEFFERSON AND MADISON
It might be nice, it might be nice
To get Hamilton on your side
BURR
Talk less!
Smile more!
Don’t let ‘em know what you’re