Lin-Manuel Miranda has released a previously unheard song he wrote for Hamilton to distract his fans from concern about coronavirus.
The US star shared a recording of the song I Have This Friend, which he recorded with Christopher Jackson, who played George Washington in the original Broadway cast.
The show, which has been a phenomenon around the world, tells the story of the US’s first secretary of the treasury, Alexander Hamilton, through the medium of rap and hip hop.
Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app.— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) March 12, 2020
But I can send you music no one's heard. Here's a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one's heard it, not even Kail.
Funnier if you picture me and @ChrisisSingin singing it.https://t.co/lhkLP0jQeT
Miranda said even the show’s director Thomas Kail has not heard the track.
He wrote on Twitter: “Wish I could send you peace of mind via this app. Alas. But I can send you music no one’s heard.
“Here’s a cut Hamilton/Washington tune called I Have This Friend. No one’s heard it, not even Kail.
Those with tickets for Broadway performances through April 12, 2020 should contact their point of purchase for refunds and exchanges. Stay tuned in the coming days and weeks for ways to stay connected. #HamiltonBway pic.twitter.com/sDOvMwxals— Hamilton (@HamiltonMusical) March 12, 2020
“Funnier if you picture me and @ChrisisSingin singing it.”
On Thursday it was announced all performances of the Broadway production of the hit musical have been suspended until April 12 amid concern about the coronavirus outbreak.
The Broadway League has suspended all shows until that date, following instructions from New York governor Andrew Cuomo.