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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What parallels are there between the “Hamilton” cast and the “Final Five?”
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COMMENTS (26)
  • jenna3-fer
    9/07/2016 - 04:16 p.m.

    Some parallels between the Hamiltons and The Final Five are that on both of the groups they all come from different ethnic backgrounds. Also they all know how to not crack under pressure from there exiting lives.

  • elise1-fer
    9/07/2016 - 04:33 p.m.

    The parallels between the "Final Five" and the "Hamilton" cast are that the cast of "Hamilton" is a mix of different races and religions, and so is the woman's Olympic gymnastics team. The team is a mix of black, white, Latina, and Jewish. Both the cast and the team have also won awards. "Hamilton won a Tony, while the team won 9 medals in Rio. These are the parallels between the cast of "Hamilton" and the "Final Five".

  • seth-fer
    9/07/2016 - 04:36 p.m.

    The parallels between the "Hamilton " cast and the "final five " are that both groups are famous for something. The final five are famous for being in the Olympics for gymnastics while the Hamilton cast is famous for making the play Hamilton.

  • megan3-fer
    9/07/2016 - 04:38 p.m.

    The play Hamilton and gymnastics are parallel because you need courage to do both , "It's amazing but it's also remarkable what they're doing, just to be able to perform and not choke under that pressure." , says Okieriete Onaodowan who has the part of Hercules Mulligan and James Madison. That is why they are parallel to each other.

  • sadie1-fer
    9/07/2016 - 05:19 p.m.

    I think some of the simularates are that the cast of Hamilton and the final five are both people that most of the world knows about. Also as it says "it was a night that had athletic gold meeting theatrical gold". Also you can kind of imagine that the Cast of Hamilton likes listening to the Hamilton sound track and we know that the the gym mastic team also likes listening to the sound track. So those are just some simularates I came up with.

  • zahara1-fer
    9/07/2016 - 06:31 p.m.

    Some parallels between the final five and the Hamilton cast are:
    -They both must practice VERY much.
    -They both thought each other were very good in their show.
    -They both have very famous people watching their show.
    -They both have so much pressure on them when performing, but they still do awesome anyway.

  • 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.

  • nya1-fer
    9/08/2016 - 12:13 p.m.

    Well one parallel is that everyone brought their family members to see the Final Five. The similarity in that is that everyone did the SAME THING! And the gymnasts all wore button-downs, slacks or rompers. That's a similarity between them all too!!

  • victoria1-fer
    9/08/2016 - 03:53 p.m.

    The similarities between Hamilton and the Finale Five is that Hamilton has been celebrating for putting African Americans, Asians, and Latinos in the center on America's birth, while the finale five U.S team is a mix of races

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