Every single month without fail (since December 2017 that is), Hamilton head honcho Lin-Manuel Miranda has been releasing new versions of his songs from the hit Broadway show. On Monday (March 19), Miranda released his monthly Hamildrop to patiently awaiting fans, but this time, he decided to keep it all in the Broadway family. For March, Miranda teamed up with former Dear Evan Hansen star Ben Platt to give the world a mash-up featuring a song from each Broadway musical.
The song, “Found/Tonight” fuses together “The Story of Tonight” from Hamilton and “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen. The accompanying black-and-white music video for the song was filmed while both Miranda and Platt were recording the track at Atlantic Records’ studios. In the room (where it happened), fans can spot Hamilton director Thomas Kail as well as Justin Paul, one-half of the Dear Evan Hansen songwriting team Pasek and Paul, watching the show unfold.
According to Miranda, the song is dedicated to the hardworking student organizers who have worked tirelessly on this upcoming weekend’s March for Our Lives event. The march – which will take place this Saturday, March 23 – will find hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children gathering in cities across America, and the world, to call for an end to gun violence.
“In the wake of Parkland, I was awestruck by the strength and leadership of the students and their ability to speak truth to power,” Miranda said in a press statement.
He continues: “In the midst of their grief, they mobilized the youth of our nation and created a movement. This is their moment. Not just for themselves, but for all of us. This song is my way of helping to raise funds and awareness for their efforts, and to say thank you, and that we are with you so let’s keep fighting, together.”
Platt adds: “When Lin called me to be a part of this mashup, I couldn’t say no. Better gun control is something that all Americans should be passionate about. These students are paving the way for future generations and it’s so inspiring to see young people standing up for what is probably the most important cause right now in this country, and demanding action. I hope that this song can play some small part in bringing about real change.”
Watch the music video for “Found/Tonight” above. The song is currently available for download here with a portion of proceeds going to March for Our Lives.