Back in 2008, I drew laughs from the audience while on a book tour for Ren Gen: Renaissance Generation. I said the N.F.L would embrace art to remain relevant. I guess that struck some people as funny. I get that. It was a bold remark back then.
Last week, The National Football League announced that Phillipa Soo, Renée Elise Goldsberry and Jasmine Cephas Jones, the actresses who originated the roles of Eliza, Angelica and Peggy Schuyler in the musical “Hamilton,” would perform “America the Beautiful” during the televised pre-game show. Okay, Broadway meets the gridiron is maybe not so farfetched.
The three actresses are popular among fans of the blockbuster Broadway musical. According to the New York Times, none of the actresses is still in the show’s cast. Ms. Soo is rehearsing for the title role in the new Broadway musical, “Amélie.” Ms. Goldsberry, who won a Tony award for her work in “Hamilton,” has joined the series “Altered Carbon,” and Ms. Jones can be seen in “Girls” and “Blood Surf.”