Earlier this year in February, when Hamilton was playing its sold-out engagement at Off-Broadway's Public Theater (and buzz was beginning to circulate amid the theatre industry, online message boards and beyond), Miranda was stopped by a woman in a car on 181st Street. She rolled down her window to congratulate him on "Hamlet."
When he yelled back, "I wish I wrote Hamlet," she said, "Yay, Hamlet!" and drove off. Since then, the hashtag has taken on a life of its own.
*Lady rolls down her car window at 181st street* "congrats on HAMLET!" Me: "I WISH I wrote Hamlet!" Lady: "Yay HAMLET!" *drives away* #myday
Click here to check out the evolution of the hashtag and its new t-shirt, on sale online and at the theatre. For other theatrical purchases, visit the Playbill Store.
At some point we will make a limited edition #YayHamlet t-shirt. Just for you nerds that I love so dearly.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 12, 2015
The #YayHamlet shirt looks dope but I am not allowed to show you yet.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 17, 2015
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) June 24, 2015
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 11, 2015