Sunday night just before 6:30pm, Super Bowl LI welcomed original Hamilton cast members Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry, and Jasmine Cephas Jones—a.k.a. the Schuyler sisters—to sing "America the Beautiful." Goldsberry won the Tony Award for Best Featured Actress in a Musical last year for her turn as Alexander Hamilton's sister-in-law, Angelica Schuyler. Soo played Hamilton's wife, Eliza (and was nominated for Best Actress); Cephas Jones is their younger sister, Peggy.
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The "America the Beautiful" that rang out at NRG Stadium in Houston was a harmony-stacked, acrobatic rendition. It got a very Hamilton–ish addition, too: "And crown thy good with brotherhood—and sisterhood—from sea to shining sea."
In Hamilton's Act I tune "The Schuyler Sisters," one crowd-pleaser goes: “We hold these truths to be self-evident / That all men are created equal / And when I meet Thomas Jefferson / Uh! / I’mma compel him to include women in the sequel! / Work!"
Twitter was quick to point out that the "sisterhood" line is a tradition at Wellesley College, alma mater of the song's writer, Katharine Lee Bates:
At @Wellesley College we ALWAYS sing "sisterhood" during America the Beautiful in honor of author - alumna Katherine Lee Bates.— Pamela Melroy (@Astro_Pam) February 5, 2017
All the Wellesley students and alums are cheering loudly - big tradition to shout sisterhood in this song (written by Wellesley grad!). https://t.co/5XmQl8tDvD— Alisha Rankin (@ProfRankin) February 6, 2017
Since exiting Hamilton, all three actresses have scored high-profile gigs. Soo is starring in a Broadway musical adaptation of Amélie, Goldsberry will appear in HBO's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks and Netflix's Altered Carbon, and Jones will show up on Girls.
Hamilton last made national news when the cast spoke to attendee Mike Pence, then the Vice President-elect, at a Nov. 20 performance. Brandon Victor Dixon, the show's current Aaron Burr, took center stage at the standing ovation and said:
"Vice President-elect, we welcome you and truly thank you for joining us at Hamilton: An American Musical. We are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us, and uphold our inalienable rights, sir. But we hope this show has inspired you to uphold our American values, and work on behalf of all of us, all of us. We truly thank you for sharing this show, this wonderful American story told by a diverse group of men and women of different colors, creeds, and orientations."
Flash back to when Fuse spoke to Queen Latifah minutes before her gospel-inspired performance of the National Anthem at the Super Bowl in 2014:
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