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Five times Hamilton references other stage musicals

Lin-Manuel Miranda's musical is peppered with references!

Looking for a Hamilton drinking game while you're watching it on Disney Plus? When you see it, keep your ears open for all the musical references author and star Lin-Manuel Miranda sneaks into his sick rhymes.

For starters, you can raise a glass to the five references we found. Of course, it's posssssssible some of these are accidental, but we know that Lin's a major musical nerd, so let's be real. He knew what he was doing.


Referenced Musical: 1776
Referenced Song: "Sit Down, John"
Song in Hamilton: "The Adams Administration"


(Hamilton image © Joan Marcus/graphic by Seth Walters)

Referenced Musical: The Last Five Years
Referenced Song: "Nobody Needs to Know"
Song in Hamilton: "Say No to This"


(The Last Five Years image © RADiUS/TWC, Hamilton image © Joan Marcus, graphic by Seth Walters)

Referenced Musical: Mamma Mia!
Referenced Song: "I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do"
Song in Hamilton: "Helpless"


(images © Joan Marcus/graphic by Seth Walters)

Referenced Musical: The Pirates of Penzance
Referenced Song: "Major-General's Song"
Song in Hamilton: "Right Hand Man"


(Hamilton image © Joan Marcus, graphic by Seth Walters)

Referenced Musical: South Pacific
Referenced Song: "You've Got to Be Carefully Taught"
Song in Hamilton: "My Shot"


Other possible connections:

"Go Man Go" – the line appears in "Yorktown" and "Cool" from West Side Story The melody in "Your Obedient Servant" when Burr sings "I look back on where I've failed" is the same as "I am reaching but I fall" from Les Misérables.

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This article was first seen in TheaterMania.

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