Hamilton creator and star Lin-Manuel Miranda swung by The Tonight Show for a brief interview and a bit of free-styling with The Roots and host Jimmy Fallon.
The composer joined The Roots for the last song of recurring segment “Freestylin’ with The Roots.” Miranda made a Broadway fan’s (named Olivia) dream come true when he put her imagined life story — who she said would star Adele as her — to music in the style of a Hamilton rap. The show, entitled The Sassy Life, benefited Adele references and rhymes in Miranda’s freestyle.
Opening the rap, Miranda caused Fallon and Olivia to freak out, “Sweeter than Sweet’n’Low and Stevia/ Grow up to be a sassy gal, Olivia.” The brief song held strong ‘til the end, as Manuel rapped, “The price is steep, and she’s rolling in the deep.”
Miranda later returned to the stage to discuss the very-real, sobering facts about the state of Puerto Rico and his efforts to provide aid. Fallon pointed out that Miranda is so hopeful, and the two riff on the outpouring of love from kids who have even donated their piggy banks to the cause.
Upon sitting down with Fallon to chat, Miranda explained that he wrote “Almost Like Praying” as he awaited word that his family was okay in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane in Puerto Rico. His son, Sebastian — who happens to be his harshest critic, not even warming up to Hamilton — was immediately in love with the song. Miranda explained, “He got up, and went, ‘I am Puerto Rico! You are Puerto Rico! We are Puerto Rico!” Except, as he noted, his 2-year-old son has yet to master the “r” sound, and pronounces “Rico” as “Lico.”
The two eventually devolved their interview into fawning over Weird Al Yankovic’s album Polka Party, which the two jammed to on vinyl in Fallon’s basement ‘out east’ on Long Island. See the entire interview, below.