Fast Facts: What We Learned from the Hamilton Panel Lightning Round

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The cast of Hamilton tells us the strangest stage door comments, the role they'd play if they could switch and backstage visits. Plus: Did we just find the inspiration for the next Ham4Ham show?


What’s the best thing you’ve heard at the stage door?
Diggs: They're like, "We're clipping!" And they play that screechy noise from their phones. Only three of you know what I’m talking about.
Lin-Manuel Miranda: "Will you write this down in your handwriting so that I can get a tattoo of it?" Bad idea. My hand-writing is really bad.
Renée Elise Goldsberry: "Thank you." I find it strange to walk out after receiving something so great personally and somebody says to me, "Thank you."
Phillipa Soo: Something strange and amazing is that somebody asked me to sign their face. It was with a permanent marker and I was like, "Um, that's kind of toxic"…so I signed the arm. But then everybody else signed her face so then I felt a little bit bad that I didn’t. I think the best I’ve heard is a lot of young Asian-American women coming up to me and saying thank you for representing Asian-American women.
Chris Jackson: "Benny, you were great as George Washington!"
Okieriete Onaodowan: "Can I touch you?” To which I say, "Well, let's unpack this. How do you want to touch me?"
Jonathan Groff: "I know you have a mole on your left butt cheek."
Leslie Odom, Jr.: "Have you seen the mole on Jonathan’s left butt cheek?" 

If you could change roles [and play] anybody in the show, who would it be?
Diggs: Angelica
Miranda: Lafayette
Goldsberry: Aaron Burr
Soo: Hercules Mulligan
Jackson: Jonathan Groff, he’s onstage for five minutes!
Groff: Angelica
Onaodowan: Angelica
Odom, Jr.: Eliza
Miranda: I think we have our next Ham4Ham. 

Who were you most excited to see backstage?
Diggs: MC Hammer
Miranda: Kenneth Branagh
Goldsberry: Michelle Obama
Soo: (in the accent) Julie Andrews
Jackson: President Obama
Onaodowan: Dave Chapelle
Groff: Beyoncé
Odom, Jr.: Well, this is a theatre crowd, so Anna Deavere Smith. What is a show you have been recommending others to see other than Hamilton?
Diggs: Invisible Thread
Miranda: Fun Home
Goldsberry: Color Purple
Soo: Hand to God
Jackson: Brian d'Arcy James in Something Rotten!
Onaodowan: Color Purple
Groff: Spring Awakening
Odom, Jr.: Invisible Thread or A View From the Bridge

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