Ham isn’t kosher but Lin Manuel Miranda’s online immigrant reform fundraising competition “#HAM4ALL” sure is.
Asking fans to “post a video of yourself singing any Hamilton song”, the creator of Hamilton is soliciting donations as small as $10 for entries to win VIP treatment for two to the smash show’s Los Angeles opening.
“We’ve raised money for amazing causes…and this is the big megilla,” said Miranda, seeming as always like a puppy with a penchant for energy drinks. The donations will benefit the Immigrants: We Get The Job Done Coalition, an umbrella organization that takes its name from a “Hamilton” lyric and provides services and legal aid to immigrants. “They do incredible work and we’re just gonna help them fight the good fight,” said Miranda.
Though Miranda insists that singing isn’t necessary to enter the contest, Jewish celebrities have been loud, proud, and on-key when it comes to their support of immigrants.
Here are some of our favorite hamateur “Hamilton” renditions:
Ben Stiller and his daughter Ella
The Ham song: “Nonstop”
Our reaction: Painfully adorable
Donate to support the Immigrants: We Get the Job Done Coalition! I challenge @TheLucasSteele @JoshGroban! #Ham4All @Lin_Manuel pic.twitter.com/NzDo8u9nC9— Ben Stiller (@RedHourBen) June 26, 2017
Adorable Israeli siblings
The Ham song: “Aaron Burr, Sir”
Our reaction: This was at least twenty minutes too short
#ham4all @Lin_Manuel Improvised Hebrew version of Aaron Burr, Sir ♥️ sending our love (and donations) all the way from 🇮🇱 pic.twitter.com/iPBHcDRi8M— ayala (@sherlockaf1) June 27, 2017
The Ham song: “Dear Theodosia”
Our reaction: Rachel Berry impersonating a relaxed actress on vacation impersonating a musical revolutionary-era politician is even more riveting than it sounds
Straight from vacation! I now challenge @ashleytisdale & @zachbraff 😀@HamiltonMusical @Lin_Manuel https://t.co/rluECuO4gF #Ham4All pic.twitter.com/ogHIgGClxy— Lea Michele (@LeaMichele) June 29, 2017
The Ham song: A mash-up for the ages
Our reaction: Jean-Ralphio Saperstein is generous of spirit after all! This vid brings an outstanding roster of hats to compliment the delightful Jewish-boy rapping and hand motions
Here’s my #HAM4ALL video. Challenge accepted @meganamram! Now to you @tatianamaslany & @joshgroban. Donate at https://t.co/s130wmCDGq! Yay! pic.twitter.com/zWJ9sqOBNQ— Ben Schwartz (@rejectedjokes) June 27, 2017
The Ham song: “Burn”
Our reaction: J-Gro was born to play Eliza. We request his full cover album of “Hamilton”.
Many challenges accepted! @Lin_Manuel requested Burn! I challenge @thatgracemclean & @brittainashford! #HamForAll https://t.co/3Po3AYhmrS pic.twitter.com/sU1VhtVaiH— josh groban (@joshgroban) June 29, 2017
The Ham Song: “Dear Theodosia”
Our reaction: Enthused that “Hamilton” on Broadway’s current Angelica is Jewish and moved by her gesture to her abuelita
Donate $10 @prizeo and win 2 tix @HamiltonMusical opening in LA. @LexiLawson and I challenge @HereIsGina and @Jordan_Fisher #Ham4All pic.twitter.com/uttaAchh7B— Mandy Gonzalez (@_mandygonzalez) June 26, 2017
The Ham song: “Say No To This”
Our reaction: Rachel Bloom confirms her status as our queen every day
The Ham song: “You’ll Be Back”
Our reaction: We did not know the extremely funny Megan Amram was also a singer and now we are terrified by her talent
MY #HAM4ALL VIDEO! Take that, @alyankovic! I CHALLENGE @IMKristenBell & @rejectedjokes! go to https://t.co/44A8Rghbvg to donate! pic.twitter.com/VtFqazJIzz— Megan Amram (@meganamram) June 27, 2017
Evan Rachel Wood
The Ham Song: “Satisfied”
Our reaction: We were not at all surprised that Evan Rachel Wood can instantly channel Angelica Schuyler’s spirit
WW bud @benbarnes nominated me 2 sing a bit of @HamiltonMusical. Find out why I’m singing show tunes here https://t.co/HH6mJyQbcg #Ham4all pic.twitter.com/uGIo7vCXD2— #EvanRachelWould (@evanrachelwood) June 29, 2017
The Ham song: “Farmer Refuted”
Our reaction: Amazing synchronized singing/rapping—just what we would expect from a talented poet!
.@Lin_Manuel rightfully reminded me that TECHNICALLY my Paris video is from last year… so here’s a new #Ham4All entry (w/ help! 😉) pic.twitter.com/mQfliNPEt0— Sarah Kay (@kaysarahsera) June 29, 2017
The Ham song: “You’ll Be Back”
Our reaction: His masterful karaoke fully captures the mood of this song
😘 @SaraRamirez #Ham4All challenge 2 support immigrants goes to @dianeguerrero__ @RestingPlatypus @conradricamora ! https://t.co/fcbz5oJRFK pic.twitter.com/76SquLPMV3— Matt McGorry (@MattMcGorry) June 27, 2017
Jenny Singer is a writer for the Forward. You can reach her at Singer@forward.com or on Twitter @jeanvaljenny.