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. The members are Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez. The athletes gave the August 23 show a standing ovation. Afterward, the gymnasts greeted the cast onstage. "Hamilton" is staged 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. He is replacing Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.
 
"Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic sport, hands-down," Dixon said. "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."
 
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, also 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. These include black, white, Latina and Jewish.
 
"They're just like tiny versions of us," said Okieriete Onaodowan. He 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. She won two golds, a silver and bronze at Rio. She brought both of her gold medals. She and the gymnastic Final Five join a long list of celebrities at "Hamilton." These include Beyonce, Kanye West, Bill Clinton, Julia Roberts, Eli Manning, Dave Matthews and Andre 3000.

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COMMENTS (9)
  • alext-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:23 a.m.

    I would be so happy if i won a gold medal our be in the Rio Olympics would be so excited to go to the Rio Olympics.I think all of the girls in the gymnastic people did a great job even if they did not win a metal.

    • nataliep1-dal
      9/02/2016 - 11:44 a.m.

      yeah

  • ayalani-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:28 a.m.

    I think Final Five is the best gymnastics team because they win all the golds in USA and the boys got some bronzes and gold and silver but the girls got all the gold medals and when they were in Rio they were unstoppable nobody could beat and the Final Five is my favorite gymnastic team.

  • roberts-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:29 a.m.

    I would be so lit if i won a gold metal I would run up and down the stair a thousand time screaming saying I won then I would pass out and I would throw the flower in to the stands then I would do a lot of back flips and cartwheels and round offs and front flips

  • rokys-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:32 a.m.

    I love the U.S gymnastic here why i like this because Broadway is famous Alexander Hamilton is so popular like Kanye West, Bill clinton, Julia Roberts,Eli Manning,Dave Mathews,and Andre 3000. from CNN news these fives star are us hero. They have one two gold and bronze at rio they brought her gold medals. There show have been celebrating for putting African and American, Latinos, Asian, at the center of america birth.

  • ashleyr-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:34 a.m.

    the girls rule and they are so cool how they are all friends and they are so talented like a swimmer,a gimnastics girl,and they won gold metals.

  • valeriac-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:38 a.m.

    All of the five first girls are really good gymnastic.They all won gold.They all had a party.The boys all got bronze.Gymnastics are there favorite sport and that is pretty good.

  • caseyg-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:40 a.m.

    I love it when Rio comes out. My teacher aspeically loves it. The USA girls team are so brave! they never give up. I really like this article.

  • nataliep1-dal
    9/02/2016 - 11:43 a.m.

    THIS IS AMAZING . Girls rule they worked together and won gold for this . this represents America is .

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