The Broadway Liberation Front has scored a significant tactical victory on the battlefield of BART signage. Fans of the runaway blockbuster hit musical Hamilton know that a character in the historical hip-hop revue shares a name with a certain East Bay BART station on the Pittsburg/Bay Point line. One HamFan created a magnificent piece of post-it art that pays homage to this comical coincidence, and the clever signage was retweeted by none other than Hamilton composer and star Lin-Manuel Miranda.
— Andy Lie (@AndyLie1) May 10, 2017
The Hamilton-ized BART sign sign was spotted by Twitter user Andy Lie last week. But as Lin-Manuel Miranda’s retweet acknowledges, there is additional ironic brilliance in the fact that Oakland native Daveed Diggs played the role of Lafayette both on and off Broadway, and won a Tony award for doing so.
If this joke is flying over your powdered wig, allow us to explain. The prank references the Hamilton track “Guns and Ships” embedded above, and the lyrics represented in the post-its begin at the :27 mark with line “Everybody give it up for America’s favorite fighting Frenchman.”
According to Wikipedia — so you know it must be true — the Contra Costa County town of Lafayette is indeed named after the same Marquis de Lafayette depicted in the musical Hamilton.
Hamilton runs through August 5 at the SHN Orpheum Theatre. Seats are still available, but they’re all in the $700-$800 range.