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. 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. The team won a total of nine medals. These included 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 (17)
  • jacobs-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:40 a.m.

    There are only five. I like the Olympics in general. My favorite sport is women's beach volleyball.

  • dawsonb-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:42 a.m.

    The U.S. women's team won gold while also winning its second straight Olympic title. The team won a total of nine medals. These included a record-tying four gold medals for Biles.

  • bend-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:43 a.m.

    They have 6. they have to have 5. That stinks.

  • alexb-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:44 a.m.

    They were both excited to meet each other. The cast of Hamilton thought the Final Five were amazing at gymnastics. The Final Five thought the Hamilton cast were great actors.

  • blakew-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:45 a.m.

    the final five is a arena. The Hamilton is a place. they celebrate there.

  • courtneyd-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:48 a.m.

    They were both happy to work with eachother. They both are really good teams, but USA is better. They are both very hard working.

  • sheldonc-rhi
    8/31/2016 - 08:58 a.m.

    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.

  • dyllind-rhi
    9/09/2016 - 08:46 a.m.

    i like the olympics. it is a fun sport.

  • hannahg-rhi
    9/09/2016 - 08:51 a.m.

    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."

  • austinh-rhi
    9/09/2016 - 09:02 a.m.

    The parallels are 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.They had to pay to get in.They went to go see Hamilton because they needed help with their gymnastics team.

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