The Force Is Strong With This Hamilton-Star Wars Mashup
Take one of the biggest shows in Broadway history, blend it with one of the most popular film franchises ever, and what do you have? Nerdist recently shared the above video, which combines the Grammy Award-winning musical style of Hamilton with the characters and plot of Star Wars in a way that is both hilarious and informative.
Written by Nick Jack Pappas and directed by Joshua Sarlo, the "Luke the Son of Anakin" parody is modeled after the first song on the Hamilton soundtrack, "Alexander Hamilton," which the Broadway cast recently performed at the White House. Dressed as the lead characters from George Lucas's space opera, a group of actors take center stage to sing a narrative about the life of Luke Skywalker, the son of Anakin Skywalker (who later becomes Darth Vader). Mostly sticking to the cadence and rhythm of the song written by Lin-Manuel Miranda, the actors cleverly recap the films, from A New Hope all the way through A Force Awakens, with some necessary spoilers along the way.
Fans of both the play and the films will get the most out of these videos because there are a lot of references and parallels made between the two protagonists, but you don't have to be an expert on either to be entertained by lyrics like, "Our boy got two droids in a Jawa barter" and "With the Force, Luke, you have saved Anakin."
This is not the first time that Hamilton, now nominated for a record 16 Tony Awards, has inspired pop culture mashups. There have been Harry Potter memes, a blend of "The Schyuler Sisters" and Beyonce's "Single Ladies," and other Star Wars mashups as well, including a fan-made video that cuts together scenes from the film with the actual "Alexander Hamilton" lyrics. Enjoy the latest parody above, and may the 4th be with you.
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