It’s no secret that Jimmy Fallon is a Hamilton superfan. He’s done the “Wheel of Freestyle” with the show’s creator/star Lin-Manuel Miranda and sung “You’ll Be Back” in the voices of everyone from Bruce Springsteen to Michael Jackson and Bono.
But on Thursday night, Miranda revealed the ultimate honor: Fallon will be heard singing “You’ll Be Back” on the upcoming Hamilton Mixtape.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) April 8, 2016
The Hamilton Mixtape, due out later this year, is being put together by Miranda and Tonight Show band drummer Questlove — who executive-produced the show’s Grammy-winning cast album — and will feature Sia, Busta Rhymes, Ben Folds, Regina Spektor, Queen Latifah, Common and Chance the Rapper performing songs from, and inspired by, the hit show.
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) January 19, 2016
On Thursday night’s Tonight Show Fallon also got the ultimate honor from the groundbreaking Broadway hip-hop hit about the life of Alexander Hamilton: he became an honorary member of the Order of the Garter. What is that you might ask? Let the soon-to-exit King George III himself (a.k.a Jonathan Groff) explain.
“When Brian d’Arcy James originated the king off-Broadway and when I came in to replace him he created this whole thing called the Order of the Garter,” Groff said. It involved a ceremony in which James presented Groff with a spangly leg garter while reading a fanciful proclamation, a ritual Groff was then expected to repeat when more King Georges joined the fold.
“In honor of you singing “You’ll Be Back,” [I] have brought the garter,” Groff said, removing the sparkly sacrament from his waistband and asking a stunned Fallon if he could present it to the late night host in honorary fashion.
Watch the video below to see the pomp-filled ceremony: