Unless you are currently living on Mars (tempting in some ways, I know), you’re well aware Disney+ released the live-action film version of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Broadway mega-hit Hamilton on July 3rd.
The “Hamilfilm,” as it’s affectionately known by fans, streamed on approximately 87 bajillion television sets across the U.S. over the weekend, effectively reviving the Hamilton-mania that first swept the country five years ago. In my house, it’s been playing on a loop—even my 3-year-old randomly breaks into the “da-da-da-da-daaaa, da-da-da-da-diya-da, da-da-da-dayi-da” refrain, ala King George/Kristoff.
Hamilton, of course, is one of the most successful Broadway musicals ever. It amassed 16 Tony Award nominations, 11 wins, and legions of devoted fans clamoring to be in the room where it happened to the tune of over a thousand dollars per ticket during its New York run.
But perhaps Hamilton‘s all-time greatest achievement? Compelling Weird Al Yankovic to gift the world The Hamilton Polka set to hyper-speed clips from the Disney+ release.
I had no idea I needed to experience Weird Al singing a mash-up of Hamilton earworms set to polka music while Angelica, Eliza (and Peggy) sashayed and Aaron Burr emoted and Thomas Jefferson rapped, but apparently I did because I cannot stop laughing.
Believe me, you need to see it too:
It’s one of those things that’s so stupendously ridiculous, it’s genius—which, I suppose, is the literal definition of Weird Al. And while the audio version of the polka may have been released in 2018, seeing it come alive over clips of the film takes it to a whole new must-see level.
Even Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda appears appropriately gobsmacked by the result:
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) July 6, 2020