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Will Songs From HAMILTON Be Playing At A Ballpark Near You?

Back in the day, most Major League Baseball games would feature a live organist entertaining the crowd between innings and during quick breaks in play with the kind of old-time favorites you might hear at a roller skating rink or at a carnival.

Nowadays, you're more likely to hear the actual recordings of recent hits and classic tunes. To add some personal touches, many players choose the music that's played when they come up at bat, which has added a variety of sounds, like Latin rhythms, Christian rock and even heavy metal.

So with the surging popularity of Hamilton sweeping the country, have any of Lin-Manuel Miranda's original Broadway cast recording selections made it to MLB ballparks.

Alas, a recent inquiry to the offices of all 30 MLB teams resulted in a collection of replies stating that no songs about the ten dollar founding father have been taken out at the ballgame.

However, a reply from Josh Rawitch, Senior Vice-President of Content and Communications for the Arizona Diamondbacks, suggests there may be hope for the future.

"To this point, we have not yet played Hamilton in the ballpark but that may change in the second half," says Rawitch. "I recently rolled out a reorganization of my various departments and while I was presenting it to the staff, I used Lin Manuel Miranda as an example of the kind of creativity we are striving for and even pointed to him being named Fast Company's most creative person in business. We certainly have a lot of fans over here of his work!"

One down, twenty-nine to go.

So how might Lin-Manual Miranda's revolutionary score be used during games? Here are some suggestions:

"My Shot," for example, is a perfect celebration song for when a hometown player is taking a home run trot, especially if he's a young, scrappy and hungry rookie.

Look! With the bases loaded and two outs, the big slugger on the other team struck out swinging! Let's all swing to a bit of "What'd I Miss?"

Often during a game a manager and a few other players will gather on the pitcher's mound to talk strategy. What are they saying? Wouldn't you like to be in "The Room Where It Happens"?

It's late in the game and the home team is down 5-0. But they stage an incredible comeback and are now leading 6-5. Now's a great time to hear a bit of "The World Turned Upside Down."

For decades, fans all over the American sporting world have chanted the chorus of Steam's "Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye" to taut the opposition. Maybe they'd like something new and fresh? Can you imagine a whole stadium chanting King George's "Da da da dat da dat da da da da ya da" from "You'll Be Back?"

What are some of your suggestions? Write to your local ball club today and tell them "We Want Hamilton!"

HAMILTON is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War, and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now.

The musical is produced by Jeffrey Seller, Sander Jacobs, Jill Furman and The Public Theater.

The Hamilton Original Broadway Cast Recording - recipient of the 2016 Grammy for Best Musical Theatre Album and a regular on numerous Billboard top 10 lists - is available everywhere nationwide.

HAMILTON: The Revolution, Lin-Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter's book about the making of the musical, is on sale and has been a selection on The New York Times Best Seller List.

The musical celebrates its 1st anniversary on Broadway at the Richard Rodgers Theatre on August 6. A touring production begins a 21-week run in San Francisco in March 2017, followed by a 21-week engagement in Los Angeles. A London production will be mounted, also in 2017.

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