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From Rio to Broadway! US women’s gymnastics team catch smash musical Hamilton as part of whirlwind NYC tour (Daily Mail):

The Tony Award-winning smash musical on Tuesday night welcomed the US women’s gymnastics team — Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian and Laurie Hernandez — who gave the show a standing ovation and greeted the cast onstage afterward at the Richard Rodgers Theatre.

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‘I thought you were amazing,’ Raisman told Tony Award-nominee Brandon Victor Dixon, who just happened to be making his debut appearance replacing Tony Award-winner Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr.

Dixon said: 'Gymnastics is my favorite Olympic sport, hands-down. Since the days of Kim Zmeskal, I’ve been about the US gymnastics team. So, I love these ladies. I’m so proud of them. I worship them.

'I think they’re amazing and I got so hyped when I heard they were in the audience tonight.’

The US women’s team won gold while also winning its second straight Olympic title and third overall. The team won a total of nine medals, including a record-tying four gold medals for Biles.

The women had to rush through Times Square — at one point virtually sprinting through the crowds — to get to the theater in time after taping The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon at Rockefeller Plaza.

Rhonda Faehn, senior vice president of USA Gymnastics’ women’s program, said adding Hamilton to their busy post-Olympic schedule was an 'opportunity of a lifetime’.  

While they were in Rio, Biles’ coach would blast the Hamilton cast album for the athletes.

'It was just meant to be,’ Faehn said.

The cast and crew took turns taking photos with the athletes after the show and Renée Elise Goldsberry, who plays Angelica Schuyler, brought her young daughter to meet the so-called Final Five.

Goldsberry and her fellow Schuyler sisters — Lexi Lawson and Jasmine Cephas Jones — then posed for a photo with the five athletes, their hands in the air as they riffed off a lyric in the show by shouting 'Work!’

The show has been celebrated for putting African-American, Asian and Latinos at the center of America’s birth and the US Olympic team is a mix of races and ethnicities — black, white, Latina, Jewish.

'They’re just like tiny versions of us,’ said Okieriete Onaodowan, who plays both Hercules Mulligan and James Madison.

'It’s amazing but it’s also remarkable what they’re doing, just to be able to perform and not choke under that pressure. At a young age, to be able to perform that way and keep your cool? I’m totally impressed.’

more great photos from their NYC tour at the article!

Drabble #297

VI: is he laughing at me?

As Arthur helped Martin up, the donkey raised his head and brayed loudly, his lips curling back and his muzzle in the air.

“Is he laughing at me?” Martin asked, as he hobbled out of the stall. Arthur bolted the door firmly.

Usually, he could excuse bad behaviour from the animals on the grounds that they were ‘only playing’, but even Arthur had to admit that Hamilton’s braying sounded like open mockery.

Douglas walked past just then, and noticed Martin’s limp and Arthur’s handful of banana skins. “The joke writes itself,” he lamented. “Takes all the sport out of it.”