US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's "Hamilton" Members of the "Final Five" Rio Olympics gold medal winning U.S. Gymnastics team,Madison Kocian, Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, and Aly Raisman pose with "Hamilton" actors who play the Schuyler sisters, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Lexi Lawson and Renee Elise Goldsberry backstage after attending the performance at the Richard Rogers Theatre on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)
US women's gymnastics team flips over Broadway's "Hamilton"
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How do you follow winning Olympic gold at the Rio Olympics?
 
How about a chance to see "Hamilton" on Broadway in New York?
 
The Tony Award-winning smash musical welcomed the U.S. women's gymnastics team - Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez - who gave the August 23 show a standing ovation and greeted the cast onstage afterward at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
 
The gymnasts, dressed in slacks and button-downs or rompers, sat together in Row G to take in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography about Alexander Hamilton, the first U.S. treasury secretary. It was a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold.
 
"I thought you were amazing," Raisman told Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who just happened to be making his debut appearance replacing Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.
 
"Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic sport, hands-down. Since the days of Kim Zmeskal, I've been about the U.S. gymnastics team. So, I love these ladies. I'm so proud of them. I worship them. I think they're amazing and I got so hyped when I heard they were in the audience tonight," Dixon said.
 
The U.S. women's team won gold while also winning its second straight Olympic title and third overall. The team won a total of nine medals, including a record-tying four gold medals for Biles.
 
The women had to rush through Times Square, at one point virtually sprinting through the crowds, to get to the theater in time after taping "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" at Rockefeller Plaza.
 
Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president of USA Gymnastics' women's program, said adding "Hamilton" to their busy post-Olympic schedule was an "opportunity of a lifetime." While they were in Rio, Biles' coach would blast the "Hamilton" cast album for the athletes. "It was just meant to be," Faehn said.
 
The cast and crew took turns taking photos with the athletes after the show and Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler, brought her young daughter to meet the so-called Final Five. Goldsberry and her fellow Schuyler sisters, Lexi Lawson and Jasmine Cephas Jones, then posed for a photo with the five athletes, their hands in the air as they riffed off a lyric in the show by shouting "Work!"
 
The show has been celebrated for putting African-American, Asian and Latinos at the center of America's birth and the U.S. Olympic team is a mix of races and ethnicities, including black, white, Latina and Jewish.
 
"They're just like tiny versions of us," said Okieriete Onaodowan, who plays both Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. "It's amazing but it's also remarkable what they're doing, just to be able to perform and not choke under that pressure. At a young age, to be able to perform that way and keep your cool? I'm totally impressed."
 
The night before, the Broadway cast welcomed U.S. swimmer Maya DiRado, who won two golds, a silver and bronze at Rio. She brought both of her gold medals to the show to share with the cast. She and the gymnastic Final Five join a long list of celebrities at "Hamilton" including Beyonce, Kanye West, Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, Eli Manning, Dave Matthews and Andre 3000.

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COMMENTS (4)
  • jacklynt-ste
    9/01/2016 - 08:35 a.m.

    The U.S. Olympic gymnastic team for the year 2016 was amazing and won gold medals for various events. Coming back to the United States from the Olympics in Rio, the team has been busy with talk shows and being on the news. After filming a talk show in New York they were lucky enough to step away from their busy schedule and go see Hamilton on Broadway.

  • kaileew-ste
    9/07/2016 - 03:40 p.m.

    The "Final Five" gymnastics team had a great year in Rio, taking the team gold. Tying the record for most gold medals, Simone Biles walked away with four, one of those being for the all-around competition. The team ended up winning a total of nine medals. After an interview with Jimmy Fallon, the girls finally got a brake and went to see "Hamilton" at the Rockefeller Theatre.

  • zakrym-ste
    9/09/2016 - 11:57 a.m.

    I really do not care for this because I am not interested in musicals/plays. What I will say is that they always put Gabby in the background. It seems like shes the forgotten one of the group. lolz

  • danaw-lam
    10/28/2016 - 02:33 p.m.

    Going to see "Hamilton" is a dream of mine of course now that the original cast is gone though I'm not as enthusiastic but I'm so glad that the gymnasts did an amazing thing for our country so in return they got an amazing experience.

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