LAKEVIEW — The smash-hit Broadway show "Hamilton" has been heralded as one of the best-selling musicals, winning 11 Tony Awards and selling out theaters in New York and Chicago.
But it's never been cuter than this.
Rising stars at Blaine Elementary School in Lakeview put together a lip-syncing video of the musical's opening number, "Alexander Hamilton," and shared it online Tuesday.
As the video explains, the school's namesake, James Blaine, was a politician akin to Hillary Clinton, in that he was narrowly defeated in a presidential race after serving as senator and secretary of state.
The school takes a few liberties in chronicling Blaine's history, claiming he still haunts the school and was a fan of Alexander Hamilton, whose life in revolutionary America is chronicled in the hip-hopera.
The video begins with a student playing Blaine's ghost and lip-syncing the opening lyrics to "Alexander Hamilton." The song chronicles Hamilton's childhood and life leading up to his arrival in New York.
Dozens of Blaine students participate in the video, including several Hamiltons, all wearing the trademark goatee that fans of "Hamilton" star and creator Lin-Manuel Miranda will know well.
From costuming to staging to the clear passion in each performance, the tribute is truly a testament to Miranda's work. It's also super cute.
It's nearly impossible to pick a favorite moment. Blaine's ghost? The 6-year-old, impossibly goateed Hamilton, dolefully shaking his head? Hamilton's father carrying a sign that reads, "Going to ye old corner store for a pack of smokes"? The singer in the stocks? The kid with killer dance moves outside Blaine who looks to be Chicago's next Aaron Burr?
It's impossible to choose.
Check it out: