Lin Manuel Miranda and Hamilton cast reunite on John Krasinski’s show

The second episode of Some Good News aired Sunday. SGN is John Krasinski’s attempt to focus on anything positive right now. His first episode gave us Steve Carell calling in to chat with John, and ended with cancer survivor Coco and her sunny disposition. Honestly, I didn’t know how he was going to top that but Jay-sus H, he sure as hell did.

John started the episode with a new intro graphic that a fan had made him:

From there, he moved on to the folks who made up their own affiliate SGN networks and encouraged anyone else inclined to do the same. The good news this week highlighted all the people and companies who rose up to make PPEs for health care workers, the efforts of teachers enhancing their students’ lives remotely and parents creatively home-schooling. It was all very sweet. But there still loomed the question of whether John would have a Big Star appear. The answer came next, when John cut to meteorologist Robert DeNiro for a weather report!

Granted he was only on screen (albeit hilariously) for four seconds, still – it’s Robert DeNiro! John couldn’t top that, could he?

Oh. Yes. He. Could.

John’s final segment was something he’s calling What Did I Miss?, which is a series of tweets and messages John received from folks finding ways to make up for the things they would be doing normally. However, to cap the segment, John interviewed nine-year-old Aubrey, who was supposed to have gone to see her favorite musical, Hamilton, for her birthday. John promised Aubrey that he was sending her and her mother to New York to see Hamilton as soon as Stay At Home was over. However, Aubrey stood out to John because instead of pouting about not going, as I would have done, Aubrey found a way to get her fix by watching Mary Poppins Returns. Obviously, that part appealed to John because he’s married to Mary Poppins. So, to ‘surprise’ Aubrey, John asked Emily to come into frame and say hello:

It was a nice moment but let’s face it, Emily was just in the other room, so it wasn’t that much of a get, right? As Aubrey explained that she’d never seen John’s work and that she’d watched MPR for Lin-Manual Miranda, Emily jokingly tried to convince Aubrey that Lin was “more like a backup dancer.” That’s when Lin joined the call, much to Aubrey’s delight. Okay, sure, most of us kind of saw that coming by the way Emily was talking. I mean, they had DeNiro doing the weather, clearly, they had something else up their sleeve. And Lin is such a sweetheart, I’m sure he jumped at the chance. It was a nice little moment.

But remember, this was all prompted by Aubrey missing her chance to see Hamilton. So, what could Lin do to make her bday a little more special? How about arrange to have the original cast of Hamilton call in to sing Aubrey her favorite song from the musical. The video is queued up to Lin’s entrance. Watch it, you’ll feel better, I promise:

That gave me goosebumps and it was the first time I’ve ever even heard a Hamilton song. When Aubrey said, “there’s a bunch of people just joining,” I think I gasped, too. (I also enjoyed the end when Aubrey’s mom very clearly told her to thank everyone.)

I love this. I hope John makes kids’ dreams come true every week, I’ll show up for it, I swear. But seriously, this was a big get. Who the hell is John going to bring back next week that’s bigger than thi… oh sh-t, isn’t next week Easter?

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  1. Lightpurple says:

    I watched this yesterday and it made my day. Proud of Boston Boy Krasinski for doing something so nice to cheer people up. And how great that all those people joined in to do something special for that little girl who will never forget it.

    • delphi says:

      I cracked up when John pulled out the hardcore accent during the (hilariously incorrect) shout-out to Tom Brady.

      And I’m just saying…Hamilton movie with the original cast. It needs to happen!

      • Lightpurple says:

        I laughed at that too. And yes, it does.

      • Geraldine Granger says:

        Isn’t is supposed to happen in 2021????

      • lucy2 says:

        Yes I think this has been announced already. Looking forward to it, as tickets in NY are still crazy expensive!

      • Agirlandherdog says:

        As I understand it, it’s not technically a new production of Hamilton. It’s clips from recordings of the original cast performances put together into a movie format. But still, yes, a much more accessible format for everyone.

      • fluffybunny says:

        Disney already paid LMM a ridiculous amount of money to bring Hamilton and the OBC to the movie theaters. I think they filmed it a while ago. I’ll go watch. I saw the traveling company when it was in my city and they are supposed to come back next year and I’ve already told my husband I need tickets.

      • liz says:

        Way back when the original cast was still doing the show, they filmed the full production, on stage, in the theater. It’s not uncommon for a show to do that, particularly if they are planning a touring company. When performers in the tours haven’t seen the Broadway production, it gives them a sense of what the show is supposed to look/sound like. That is what is being released – a filmed performance of the OBC.

        That cast was magnificent. I was fortunate enough to see it just after it opened, before the cast album was released, before the Tony nominations were announced. Seeing that cast do it again will be so much fun.

  2. Anony83 says:

    I watched this four times yesterday and was sent it three other times because people know I’m a Hamilton fan.

    It was the best.

  3. JanetDR says:

    Loved this so much! I could listen to that song forever! 💗 I’ve been so busy working from home I haven’t had time to check out much but just got cut to 2 days so I’ll be sure to get this show on my list.

  4. YAS says:

    This was so charming and cute. Loved every second of it.

    The Hamilton movie with the original cast is happening! They filmed it! October 2021.

  5. Slowsnow says:

    I… don’t get this. Not emotionally involved with neither of these people and I find it cringe inducing that a celebrity only has to be there and pretend to know the weather for us peasants to melt.
    I LOVE the charity aspect of it but I’m having celeb overload. sorry to sound so grumpy.

  6. Becks1 says:

    I loved the Hamilton bit. It was fun to see the OBC “together” again like that.

    • Nic919 says:

      I was supposed to see Hamilton tomorrow in Toronto but it was cancelled so this was a nice surprise. Lin Manuel Miranda is a national treasure.

  7. Lucy2 says:

    That was great, and brought some joy to a lot of people.
    I imagine this is keeping John and his daughters pretty busy during this time too. What a fun project for them to work on.

  8. Bookie says:

    I love this!

  9. Jerusha says:

    You’ve never heard a Hamilton song before? Oh, please remedy that now!! When Hamilton debuted to universal praise I was a doubter, thought nobody’s THAT good. So I bought the cast album and it’s fantastic!! Only one or two songs in and I was converted. Can hardly wait for the movie.
    And this SGN was absolutely lovely.

  10. Case says:

    I thought this was the sweetest thing. Made me cry, in a good way!