Stay Alive
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Stay Alive

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[

] Stay alive… [
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
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Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
/ ENSEMBLE WOMEN] Stay alive… [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I have never seen the General so despondent I have taken over writing all his correspondence Congress writes, “George, attack the British forces.” I shoot back, we have resorted to eating our horses Local merchants deny us equipment, assistance They only take British money, so sing a song of sixpence [
George Washington
George Washington
] The cavalry’s not coming [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] But, sir! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Alex, listen. There’s only one way for us to win this Provoke outrage, outright [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] That’s right [
George Washington
George Washington
] Don’t engage, strike by night Remain relentless ‘til their troops take flight [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Make it impossible to justify the cost of the fight [
George Washington
George Washington
] Outrun [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Outrun [
George Washington
George Washington
] Outlast [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Outlast [
George Washington
George Washington
] Hit ‘em quick, get out fast [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Chick-a-plao! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Stay alive ‘til this horror show is past We’re gonna fly a lot of flags half-mast [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
/
John Laurens
John Laurens
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Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
] Raise a glass! [
Hercules Mulligan
Hercules Mulligan
] I go back to New York and my apprenticeship [
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
] I ask for French aid, I pray that France has sent a ship [
John Laurens
John Laurens
] I stay at work with Hamilton We write essays against slavery And every day’s a test of our camaraderie And bravery [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] We cut supply lines, we steal contraband We pick and choose our battles and places to take a stand And ev’ry day “Sir, entrust me with a command,” And ev’ry day [
George Washington
George Washington
] No [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] He dismisses me out of hand [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
, LEE,
Eliza Schuyler
Eliza Schuyler
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Angelica Schuyler
Angelica Schuyler
] Stay alive... Instead of me, he promotes Charles Lee (Charles Lee) Makes him second-in-command: [
Charles Lee
Charles Lee
] I’m a General. Whee!!!! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Yeah. He’s not the choice I would have gone with [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
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John Laurens
John Laurens
/
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
] He shits the bed at the
Battle of Monmouth
[
George Washington
George Washington
] Ev’ryone attack! [
Charles Lee
Charles Lee
] Retreat! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Attack! [
Charles Lee
Charles Lee
] Retreat! [
George Washington
George Washington
] What are you doing, Lee? Get back on your feet! [
Charles Lee
Charles Lee
] But there’s so many of them! [
George Washington
George Washington
] I’m sorry, is this not your speed?! Hamilton! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Ready, sir! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Have Lafayette take the lead! [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Yes, sir! [
John Laurens
John Laurens
] A thousand soldiers die in a hundred degree heat [
Marquis de Lafayette
Marquis de Lafayette
] As we snatch a stalemate from the jaws of defeat [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Charles Lee was left behind Without a pot to piss in He started sayin’ this to anybody who would listen: [
Charles Lee
Charles Lee
] Washington cannot be left alone to his devices Indecisive, from crisis to crisis The best thing he can do for the revolution Is turn n’ go back to plantin’ tobacco in Mount Vernon [COMPANY] Oo!! [
George Washington
George Washington
] Don’t do a thing. History will prove him wrong [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] But, sir! [
George Washington
George Washington
] We have a war to fight, let’s move along [
John Laurens
John Laurens
] Strong words from Lee, someone oughta hold him to it [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] I can’t disobey direct orders [
John Laurens
John Laurens
] Then I’ll do it Alexander, you’re the closest friend I’ve got [
Alexander Hamilton
Alexander Hamilton
] Laurens, do not throw away your shot

📖 About

Hamilton distresses that their stakes in the coming war are getting higher. He and Washington outline a plan in order to win the battle; Washington refuses Hamilton his coveted command and instead gives it to Charles Lee, who retreats at a vulnerable time and consequentially forces Washington to set Lafayette to take the lead in his place. Washington forbids Hamilton from dueling Lee, claiming that "history will prove him wrong". So that he will not disobey direct orders from his commander, John Laurens offers to duel Lee on Hamilton's behalf.

Cast

Christopher Jackson
Lin-Manuel Miranda
Phillipa Soo
Renée Elise Goldsberry

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