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 with 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. The gymnasts greeted the cast onstage afterward at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.
 
The gymnasts were dressed in slacks and button-downs or rompers. They sat together in Row G to take in Lin-Manuel Miranda's hip-hop-flavored biography. It is about the first U.S. treasury secretary, Alexander Hamilton. It was a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold.
 
"I thought you were amazing," Raisman told performer Brandon Victor Dixon. He 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. 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. The team won a total of nine medals. These included a record-tying four gold medals for Biles.
 
To get to the theater, the women had to rush through Times Square. At one point they virtually sprinted through the crowds. They were coming to "Hamilton" after taping "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon."  It is produced at Rockefeller Plaza.
 
Rhonda Faehn is senior vice president of USA Gymnastics' women's program. She 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 athletes. Their hands were raised 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. 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 (8)
  • devinf-rey
    9/07/2016 - 10:01 p.m.

    Some parallels, or similarities, between the "Hamilton" cast and the "Final Five" includes the first fact that both have been honored and awarded multiple times and they both have become nationally known. Another similarity is that the show has been celebrated for putting African-American, Asian and Latinos at the center of America's birth, which relates to the U.S. Olympic team being a mix of races and ethnicities.

  • gwend-rey
    9/08/2016 - 11:25 a.m.

    They both won awards and they both have many different races watching them perform.

  • kathrynh-bla
    9/16/2016 - 09:36 a.m.

    There really is no difference between the Olympians and the Actors they both are always on the go. But the actors had to say that at such a young age the Olympians are devoted and they are very impressed.

  • mmolly-dav
    9/22/2016 - 09:12 p.m.

    I find this article really interesting because this shows that famous people like the same things we do. They are no different. I really like the way that The actors in the play 'Alexander Hamilton' could relate to the athletes! Okieriete Oanodowan, an actress in the production, said ''They're just like tiny versions of us" which I believe is true! I overall really like this article and would recommend it to a friend!

  • isaiahc-rey
    9/28/2016 - 02:58 p.m.

    The final five acted in the Hamilton.

  • jackieg-stu
    9/28/2016 - 03:04 p.m.

    i am shocked that they have own 9 medal that shokes me and that also includes Simone Biles in it that is super cool.

  • samanthas1-stu
    9/30/2016 - 08:24 a.m.

    It is nice that the Final Five gymnastics team got a break from their busy scheldules. The team should deserve a nice break from their hard work for getting into the final five.

  • alliet-rey
    10/10/2016 - 06:02 p.m.

    there is really nothing different they are always on the go and they are staring at a young age.

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