VIDEO: Meryl Streep Sings A Bit of HAMILTON's 'The Room Where It Happens' For Women In The World
"All of a sudden we're in the room where it happens, / The room where it happens, / The room where it happens. / Women are suddenly in the room where it happens, / The room where it happens."
"I couldn't resist that," Meryl Street cheerfully admitted to tonight's audience, as she delivered the closing speech of the 7th Annual Women In The World Summit.
The film and stage star was using Lin-Manuel Miranda's HAMILTON lyric to make a point about how new the concept of gender inclusion is when you compare it with the history of humankind.
"You can make a case that, along with the technological revolution, the most provocative, upending, destabilizing, thrilling change in the course of human history is that we're finally in it."
Spearheaded by Tina Brown, Women in the World is a digital platform hosted on the New York Times' website, that features activists, artists, CEOs, peacemakers, entrepreneurs, and firebrand dissidents. They've saved and enriched lives and shattered glass ceilings in every sector.
Streep's singing performance begins at the 15:57 mark of the video below, after she introduced seven of the "fearless, undaunted, relentless women" whose stories and mission stood out over the course of the Summit, inviting them to issue their own calls to action.
They are the ones making things happen in the room.
The new musical Hamilton has book, music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy Award-winning composerLin-Manuel Miranda, who also plays the title role. The musical is directed by Thomas Kail, with choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and music direction and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire. Hamilton is inspired by Ron Chernow's biography "Alexander Hamilton."
The cast of Hamilton is comprised of Lin-Manuel Miranda (Alexander Hamilton), Daveed Diggs(Marquis De Lafayette,Thomas Jefferson), Renée Elise Goldsberry (Angelica Schuyler),Christopher Jackson (George Washington),Jonathan Groff (King George), Jasmine Cephas Jones (Peggy Schuyler, Maria Reynolds), Javier Muñoz (Hamilton alternate), Okieriete Onaodowan(Hercules Mulligan, James Madison), Leslie Odom, Jr. (Aaron Burr),Anthony Ramos(John Laurens, PhilipHamilton) and Phillipa Soo (Eliza Hamilton).
HAMILTON is the acclaimed new musical about the scrappy young immigrant Alexander Hamilton, the $10 Founding Father who forever changed America with his revolutionary ideas and actions. During his life cut too short, he served as George Washington's chief aide, was the first Treasury Secretary, a loving husband and father, despised by his fellow Founding Fathers and shot to death by Aaron Burr in their legendary duel.