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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What parallels are there between the “Hamilton” cast and the “Final Five?”
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COMMENTS (7)
  • hhous-wim
    9/16/2016 - 12:00 p.m.

    Parallels between the "Hamilton" cast and the "Final Five" are both have a great talent that they show to people around the world.

  • sgrab-wim
    9/16/2016 - 01:11 p.m.

    One parallel between the cast of "Hamilton" and the U.S. Olympians is they have the ability to 'perform and not choke under that pressure'. The cast of "Hamilton" performs in front of a LOT of people every single day, and the "Final Five" performed their routines in front of the ENTIRE world. That's a lot of pressure! Both groups are amazing groups of performers, and they all handle the pressure very well. Another parallel of the two groups are the racial differences. There are African Americans, Latinos, Asians, and Whites on both 'teams', and it helps show that you can do amazing things no matter who you are, regardless of your skin color. Hamilton is an amazing musical, and the "Final Five" are amazing gymnasts.

  • ralle-wim
    9/16/2016 - 01:13 p.m.

    The Hamilton cast and the Final Five do both amazing and great things for their countries. They also bring entertainment and inspiration to all people. Hamilton cast and the Final Five are great people to represent our Country not only within the country but also outside of the country.

  • crosbyj-lew
    10/11/2016 - 03:18 p.m.

    Summer Olympics are my favorite by far. It has so many cool events but gymnastics are one of my favorites.

  • brookeb1-sto
    10/13/2016 - 03:02 p.m.

    They showed that no matter your skin color you can get along.

  • jenaea-sto
    10/13/2016 - 03:06 p.m.

    Gymnastics is such a fun sport to watch because the leotards are very beautiful and the girls/guys are really graceful.

  • bolivia-dav
    10/20/2016 - 08:30 p.m.

    The parallels between the Hamilton cast and the final five are that both groups perform and both groups were exited to be with each other. The Hamilton's casts very own Okieriete Onaodowan said, "They're just like tiny versions of us, 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 final five's very own Aly Raisman said, "I thought you were amazing," to performer Brandon Victor Dixon. Both groups had positive things to say about the other group and overall I think that the Hamilton's and the final five's both had a great experience.

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