Lin-Manuel Miranda used to sneak into performances of "Hamilton" in disguise because the theater-nerd is strong in him
As if we couldn’t love Lin-Manuel Miranda more. Not only did he create the Broadway phenomenon Hamilton, but he’s also just a genuinely nice guy…a nice guy who, we’ve learned, likes to watch his audience. That’s right, Lin-Manuel Miranda used to sneak into performances of Hamilton to watch the audience!
We wonder if he’ll be sneaking into our homes to watch us enjoy his newest musical venture, “Millennials: The Musical?” We’ll be honest, we wouldn’t mind if Lin-Manuel Miranda visited our house. First of all, we could rewatch his hilarious episode of Drunk Historywith him! And then, we could rewatch his awesome performance on SNL.
Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson outed Lin-Manuel Miranda’s audience voyeurism.
Questlove, in case you don’t know, was a producer on both the Hamilton Mixtape and the Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording.
In a phone interview with People, Thompson described how Lin-Manuel Miranda would often dress in disguise on his days off and watch the show’s viewers from the audience:
According to Questlove, Lin-Manuel Miranda paid special attention to what the audience members were doing.
Furthermore, sometimes the creator’s watchful eyes meant certain audience members would lose their selfie rights.
Madonna famously texted throughout the show in April 2015, and as a result, Lin-Manuel Miranda tweeted (and then deleted):
“Tonight was the first time I asked stage management NOT to allow a celebrity (who was texting all through Act 2) backstage #noselfieforyou.”
We get it. Hamilton is his baby. We would feel the same way. In fact, we love how much he cares about his show. We should all feel that strongly about the things we create.