Broadway is headed to the Grammys this year. “Hamilton,” the hottest ticket on the Great White Way, will be featured on the CBS broadcast. Writer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda will perform with his cast mates at the Richard Rogers Theater in New York, and it will be broadcast live via satellite.
USA Today, who first reported the news, revealed that even though Mondays aren’t typically show days, “Hamilton” will bring in a live audience for the number. While several Broadway musicals have performed at the Grammys, this is the first time a Broadway performance will be broadcast from the show's usual theater. The rest of the ceremony will take place at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.
Miranda, who plays the show's title character, expressed his excitement about the opportunity. “We're going to do the opening number, scream with joy, and then celebrate the fact that we were just on the Grammys,” Miranda told USA Today. “Best night ever.”
See the cast announce their performance below:
“Hamilton” is a hip-hop musical that follows the life of U.S. Treasury Secretary Alexander Hamilton. Since opening on Broadway in August, it’s been a hit. However, for many Grammy Awards viewers, it’ll be their first time seeing the opening number, titled “Alexander Hamilton.” Though the album has spent 18 weeks on the Billboard Top 200 chart, tickets to actually see the musical are notoriously difficult to get. The show is currently sold out until November.
The soundtrack for “Hamilton” is nominated for best musical theater cast recording. They’re up against albums from “An American in Paris,” “Fun Home,” “The King and I” and “Something Rotten!” However, the musical about the “ten dollar founding father” is the only one performing at the ceremony. Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar and Carrie Underwood are just a handful of the other musicians who are set to entertain audiences with their music.
The 2016 Grammy Awards air Monday, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. EST on CBS.