Music director Alex Lacamoire recorded a snatch of Jonathan Groff's audio, singing "You'll Be Back" (along with compelling visuals of Lacamoire's own legs and sneakered feet on the studio control board) and posted it on the "Hamilton the Musical" Facebook page.
Groff provides comic relief in the musical as King George III.
Recording of the male leads began Aug. 16; the women joined them in the studio Aug. 17. Sessions will continue throughout the week.
The 46-track, original Broadway cast album of Hamilton, a fusion of hip-hop and pop-driven musical theatre, is now available for pre-order from Atlantic Records.
The new musical by Tony Award-winning In the Heights star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda explores the life of American Founding Father Alexandra Hamilton. Inspired by the book "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow, the musical incorporates historical figures such as George Washington, Aaron Burr, James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.
Hamilton's Opening Night on Broadway
The album is set for a Sept. 25 release. It will be released in-stores as a two-disc set. Click here to pre-order the digital version of the album.
The two-disc album will be produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter, founding members of the Grammy-winning hip-hop band, The Roots.
"Ten minutes into Hamilton, though, I was just so stunned. It was such a sucker punch," Thompson said. Trotter added that the musical and its varied, contemporary score "can be your introduction to hip-hop — on Broadway. And it's a valid one. It's a credible one."
Miranda tweeted Aug. 17 that the cast album will also be released on vinyl--and may need to fill more than two discs.
Happy to report that the #HAMILTONCastAlbum WILL be on vinyl...and will probably have to be 5 records...
Hamilton began performances July 13. It opened to critical raves Aug. 6.
The track listing follows:
"Aaron Burr, Sir"
"The Story Of Tonight"
"The Schuyler Sisters"
"You'll Be Back"
"Right Hand Man"
"A Winter's Ball"
"The Story of Tonight (Reprise)"
"Wait For It"
"Ten Duel Commandments"
"Meet Me Inside"
"That Would Be Enough"
"Guns and Ships"
"History Has Its Eyes On You"
"Yorktown (The World Turned Upside Down)"
"What Comes Next"
"What'd I Miss"
"Cabinet Battle #1"
"Take A Break"
"Say No To This"
"The Room Where It Happens"
"Cabinet Battle #2"
"Washington On Your Side"
"One Last Time"
"I Know Him"
"The Adams Administration"
"The Reynolds Pamphlet"
"Blow Us All Away"
"Stay Alive (Reprise)"
"It's Quiet Uptown"
"Election of 1800"
"Your Obedient Servant"
"Best of Wives and Best of Women"
"The World Was Wide Enough"
"Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story"
In addition to Miranda, the company includes Jonathan Groff (Spring Awakening) as King George, Phillipa Soo (Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812) as Eliza Hamilton, Christopher Jackson (In the Heights) as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. ("Smash") as Aaron Burr, Renée Elise Goldsberry (The Color Purple) as Angelica Schuyler, Daveed Diggs (In the Red and Brown Water) as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Anthony Ramos (Sideways Stories from Wayside School) as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Jasmine Cephas Jones as Peggy Schuyler/Maria Reynolds, Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate and Okieriete Onaodowan as Hercules Mulligan/James Madison.
Also featured are Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana Debose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampman, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.
Miranda is the Tony and Grammy Award-winning composer-lyricist of In the Heights. The musical earned four 2008 Tony Awards, including Best Score and Best Musical. Miranda also earned a Best Actor Tony nomination for his performance as Usnavi. In the Heights was also recognized as a Finalist for the 2009 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. Miranda is the co-composer (with Tom Kitt) and co-lyricist (with Amanda Green) of the Tony-nominated Bring it On: The Musical. In addition, Miranda translated some of Stephen Sondheim's original lyrics into Spanish for the 2009 Broadway revival of West Side Story and wrote additional songs for the Off-Broadway revival of Stephen Schwartz's Working.