The Election of 1800
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The Election of 1800

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[FULL COMPANY] The election of 1800 [

] Can we get back to politics? [
James Madison
] Please? [
Thomas Jefferson
] Yo. Ev’ry action has an equal, opposite reaction John Adams shat the bed. I love the guy, but he’s in traction Poor Alexander Hamilton? He is missing in action So now I’m facing— [
Thomas Jefferson
AND
James Madison
] Aaron Burr! [
Thomas Jefferson
] With his own faction [
James Madison
] He’s very attractive in the North. New Yorkers like his chances [
Thomas Jefferson
] He’s not very forthcoming on any particular stances [
James Madison
] Ask him a question: it glances off, he obfuscates, he dances [
Thomas Jefferson
] And they say I’m a Francophile: at least they know I know where France is! [
James Madison
] Thomas that’s the problem, see, they see Burr as a less extreme you [
Thomas Jefferson
] Ha! [
James Madison
] You need to change course, a key endorsement might redeem you [
Thomas Jefferson
] Who did you have in mind? [
James Madison
] Don’t laugh [
Thomas Jefferson
] Who is it? [
James Madison
] You used to work on the same staff [
Thomas Jefferson
] Whaaaat [
James Madison
] It might be nice, it might be nice To get Hamilton on your side [
Thomas Jefferson
AND
James Madison
] It might be nice, it might be nice To get Hamilton on your side [
Aaron Burr
& ENSEMBLE] Talk less! Burr! Smile more! Burr! Don’t let ‘em know what you’re against or what you’re for! Burr! Shake hands with him! Burr! Charm her! Burr! It’s eighteen hundred, ladies, tell your husbands: vote for Burr! [MALE VOTER 1] I don’t like Adams [FEMALE VOTER 1] Well, he’s gonna lose, that’s just defeatist [MALE VOTER 1] And Jefferson— [TWO MEN VOTERS] In love with France! [FEMALE VOTER 1] Yeah, he’s so elitist! [TWO WOMEN] I like that Aaron Burr! [FEMALE VOTER 2] I can’t believe we’re here with him! [MALE VOTER 1] He seems approachable…? [MALE VOTER 2] Like you could grab a beer with him! [ENSEMBLE] Dear Mr. Hamilton: your fellow Fed’ralists would like to know how you’ll be voting [
Alexander Hamilton
] It’s quiet uptown [ENSEMBLE] Dear Mr. Hamilton: John Adams doesn’t stand a chance, so who are you promoting? [
Alexander Hamilton
] It’s quiet uptown [MEN, WOMEN, & BOTH] Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr? We know it’s lose-lose Jefferson or Burr? Jefferson or Burr? But if you had to choose [EVEN MORE VOTERS & MEN AND WOMEN] Dear Mr. Hamilton: (Jefferson or Burr?) John Adams doesn’t stand a chance so who are you promoting? (We know it’s lose-lose Jefferson or Burr?) But if you had to choose (But if you had to choose) [
Alexander Hamilton
] Well, if it isn’t Aaron Burr. Sir! [
Aaron Burr
] Alexander! [
Alexander Hamilton
] You’ve created quite a stir, sir! [
Aaron Burr
] I’m going door to door! [
Alexander Hamilton
] You’re openly campaigning? [
Aaron Burr
] Sure! [
Alexander Hamilton
] That’s new [
Aaron Burr
] Honestly, it’s kind of draining [
Alexander Hamilton
] Burr— [
Aaron Burr
] Sir! [
Alexander Hamilton
] Is there anything you wouldn’t do? [
Aaron Burr
] No. I’m chasing what I want And you know what? [
Alexander Hamilton
] What? [
Aaron Burr
] I learned that from you [ENSEMBLE] If you had to choose If you had to choose [
James Madison
] It’s a tie! [ENSEMBLE] If you had to choose If you had to choose [
Thomas Jefferson
] It’s up to the delegates! [ENSEMBLE] If you had to choose If you had to choose [
Thomas Jefferson
/
James Madison
] It’s up to Hamilton! [VOTERS &
James Madison
& ENSEMBLE] If you had to choose (Jefferson or Burr?) If you had to choose If you had to Choose (Choose) Choose (Choose) Choose! (Choose!) [
Alexander Hamilton
] Yo [ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] The people are asking to hear my voice [ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] For the country is facing a difficult choice [ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] And if you were to ask me who I’d promote— [ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] —Jefferson has my vote [
Thomas Jefferson
/
James Madison
/ ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] I have never agreed with Jefferson once [
Thomas Jefferson
/
James Madison
/ ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] We have fought on like seventy-five diff’rent fronts [
Thomas Jefferson
/
James Madison
/ ENSEMBLE] Oh! [
Alexander Hamilton
] But when all is said and all is done Jefferson has beliefs. Burr has none [ENSEMBLE] Oooooooooooooh [
James Madison
AND
Thomas Jefferson
] Well, I’ll be damned Well, I’ll be damned [
James Madison
] Hamilton’s on your side [ENSEMBLE] Well, I’ll be damned Well, I’ll be damned [
Thomas Jefferson
] And? [
James Madison
] You won in a landslide [
Aaron Burr
] Congrats on a race well-run I did give you a fight [
Thomas Jefferson
] Uh-huh [
Aaron Burr
] I look forward to our partnership [
Thomas Jefferson
] Our partnership? [
Aaron Burr
] As your vice-President [
Thomas Jefferson
] Ha. Yeah, right You hear this guy? Man openly campaigns against me, talkin’ bout, “I look forward to our partnership.” [
James Madison
] It’s crazy that the guy who comes in second gets to be Vice President [
Thomas Jefferson
] Ooh!, you know what? We can change that. You know why? [
James Madison
] Why? [
Thomas Jefferson
] ‘cuz I’m the President. Hey, Burr, when you see Hamilton, thank him for the endorsement

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It is 1800, and the election for the new president of the United States has been narrowed down to two delegates: Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. Unsure of whom to cast their vote to, the public calls upon Hamilton, seeking his vote as to better judge whom to place theirs. In the wake of his son's death, he stayed out of the public eye for a while. However, Hamilton very reluctantly announces that his vote goes to Jefferson, who stands by what he does, rather than Burr, who has a tendency to "wait for it" and has changed his mind over matters more than once for personal gain. This bold yet brief last political act on Hamilton's part eventually wins Jefferson the presidency and sits uneasily with Burr, referenced in "Your Obedient Servant".

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Leslie Odom Jr.
Lin-Manuel Miranda

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