Capitol Riot: the musical! – WSJ

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D., Calif.) Stars directly during a dark moment in the Democratic Capitol Riots anniversary spectacle.


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Readers probably don’t remember a Congressional effort in 2002 to mark the first anniversary of September 11 with a smash-hit Broadway musical number. And maybe that says a lot about the Thursday Democrats’ output to mark a year since the Capitol Riot of 2021. Two decades ago, no one had to sell the idea America had suffered. a devastating attack. Today, the political appetites of incumbent Democrats demand that last year’s riot be pretended to be an insurgency. Thursday, the show was to continue.

Take it away, Chloe Rabinowitz of Broadway World:

As part of the Congressional events marking the one year anniversary of the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, the Hamilton cast has come together virtually to perform “Dear Theodosia” …

Groundbreaking musical sensation Hamilton springs from the mind of Emmy, Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda and tells the unlikely story of ten dollar founding father Alexander Hamilton, who was young, disjointed, starving. and ready to score. its mark on this new nation.

Now that’s a compelling story. Glenn Garner People add:

Lin-Manuel Miranda brought a bit of Broadway to Washington, DC this week … It was introduced by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who called Miranda “one of the great creative talents of our time. Before quoting lyrics from the song, which was performed by Jamael Westman, Julius Thomas III, Pierre Jean Gonzalez, Joseph Morales, Edred Utomi, Miguel Cervantes, Nicholas Christopher, Josh Tower and Jared Dixon.

Brilliant performers all, without a doubt. A rave review of the Democrats’ riot show comes from Rania Aniftos to Billboard, which writing:

Following [Mr. Miranda’s] Powerful words, a number of Hamilton’s cast members delivered a heartfelt performance of “Dear Theodosia,” which includes appropriate lyrics about building a better future for younger generations of Americans. “If we lay a strong enough foundation / We will give it to you, we will give you the world,” the group sang in chorus.

Other media watchers were not so enthusiastic. Marina Pitofsky United States today reports:

The performance was applauded by Pelosi and other Capitol Hill viewers, although it was not adopted by everyone on social media.

Callie patteson written for the New York Post:

Maybe the House Democrats should have taken their shot.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) And her colleagues were criticized Thursday after inviting Lin-Manuel Miranda and the cast of the Broadway smash “Hamilton” to perform at a ceremony to mark the anniversary of the January 6 riot at the Capitol.

David Moye at HuffPost admits:

The decision of the House Democrats to honor the anniversary of the January 6, 2021 riot on the United States Capitol with a musical number of “Hamilton” seems embarrassing to some people.

Tim Marcin at Mashable writing:

The world is so much dumber than you can imagine in fiction …

It’s like Pelosi deploying a spotlight and performing a scene from The West Wing to make everyone feel nice and warm about democracy again.

Sometimes politicians make you wonder if you should take them seriously. Other times, they remove any doubt, as the Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi (D., California) did on Thursday. And while some media have portrayed “Hamilton’s” performance as an aberration in an otherwise appropriate presentation, political theater has not been limited to showmanship. At one point, Pelosi’s production sought to present historians’ perspective on the events of the past year, but perhaps due to weather complications or Covid, the program’s producers were forced to s ‘strongly press Jon Meacham.

Regular readers will remember Mr Meacham’s dramatic television performance in 2020 in which he portrayed a disinterested analyst of political news. November of this year brought a New York Times report from Annie Karni and John Koblin:

… Mr. Meacham appeared on MSNBC before and after Mr. Biden’s acceptance speech on Saturday. About half an hour after Mr. Biden’s conclusion, presenter Brian Williams introduced Mr. Meacham by saying, “I’m not the historian that you are, and I don’t have the Pulitzer that you have, but do you agree that is the way we are used to hearing our presidents? “

“Absolutely,” Meacham replied, without revealing that he had been involved in writing the speech.

Shortly before Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and Mr Biden took the stage, Mr Meacham commented on the symbolism of a new administration featuring a 77-year-old institutionalist and a Vice President-elect “who represents in many ways the country’s demographic change. “

“It’s poetic,” Meacham said. “There is a lot of poetry tonight.

This week’s Pelosi program was no less creative, but the partisan effort to capitalize on the events of the past year is a show many Americans have already chosen not to watch.

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James Freeman is the co-author of “The Cost: Trump, China, and the American Renewal. “

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